Unless you live in a cave you’ve no doubt already heard about Southwest Airlines’ plan to buy Atlanta-hubbed AirTran Airways.
Questions about what this deal means for passengers are manifold, and Southwest endeavors to answer some of them here.
A lot of people are asking: “Will Southwest keep AirTran’s Gogo in-flight Internet offering and XM Satellite Radio?” The former air-to-ground (ATG)-based solution is offered through Aircell, while the latter is offered through JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV.
As you’ll see from Southwest’s answer below, AirTran’s existing commitments to Aircell and LiveTV may very well be hang in the balance right now. Southwest, meanwhile, is pushing ahead with installation of Row 44′s Ku-band satellite system across its entire fleet.
Q: Will AirTran’s WiFi (AirCell/GoGo) and XM Radio products remain on their aircraft?
A: Until closing, each carrier will operateindependently, including any offerings onboard the respective aircraft.The Integration Team will evaluate the existing commitments of AirTran.We have a contract with Row 44 and remain committed to the installationof WiFi onboard the Southwest fleet.