Airline to Offer Internet Access
Alaska jet will have Wi-Fi hot spots for phones, laptops
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2007 5:17 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Alaska Airlines will become the first US carrier to offer  satellite-based Wi-Fi internet access to passengers, reports AP. The airline will install the wireless service on one 737 jet next spring with a view to outfitting the entire 114-plane fleet. American Airlines announced plans for internet access on some of its Boeing 767s, using an air-to-ground system relying on cellular towers to transmit the broadband signals.

Boeing abandoned plans last year for an in-flight internet service after failing to generate enough interest from airlines. Called Connexion, it offered  high-speed internet satellite hookups for $10 an hour, but suffered setbacks in the industry-wide downturn following the 9/11 attacks.