Here is the text of the release. It comes two days after I reported that Aircell has signed on two new customers.
TEMPE, Ariz., July 23, 2009 — US Airways (NYSE:LCC) is turning aircraft into Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ by partnering with Aircell to provide Gogo® Inflight Internet service beginning in early 2010. Full Internet access including Web, Instant Messaging, email and VPN access will be available for purchase to passengers with laptops, smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
“Gogo Inflight Internet will allow our customers to make the most of their flying time by catching up on work or relaxing and surfing the Internet. This is an exciting new option for our passengers that we believe will enhance their travel experience,” said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president, Marketing and Planning.
Gogo will initially be installed on US Airways A321 aircraft, flying select domestic routes. A map detailing those routes can be found at www.usairways.com. And later next year, customers will be able to see if Wi-Fi is available on a specific flight by looking for the Wi-Fi icon while booking their flight on usairways.com.
The pricing for Gogo Inflight Internet on US Airways will be announced closer to the launch date. Customers will be able to choose service from Aircell’s standard pricing structure, which currently ranges from $5.95 to $12.95, depending on the length of flight and type of Wi-Fi enabled device used.
”Gogo is for anyone who wants to make plane time their time,” said Jack Blumenstein, president and chief executive officer of Aircell. “Whether you want to stay connected to the office, your family or friends; whether you want to work, play or learn; Gogo is for you. We look forward to working with US Airways to bring the world to its passengers.”
More information about US Airways’ new Gogo Inflight Internet service can be found online at usairways.com and gogoinflight.com.