US Airways Launches Gogo WiFi Service

Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet service begins on Airbus A321 aircraft but will expand to the entire US Airways fleet in the spring.

US Airways launched Gogo Inflight Internet March 29 on five Airbus A321 aircraft, the company announced. "Gogo, which is provided by Aircell, allows passengers to use their laptops or WiFi-enabled mobile devices to surf the Web, e-mail friends and family, log into corporate ... VPN and access online entertainment options," US Airways said. The announcement continued:

"By June 1, all 51 A321s in US Airways' fleet will be Gogo-equipped. As Wi-Fi is installed on each aircraft between now and June, a Wi-Fi symbol on the outside of the plane at the boarding door will alert passengers that Gogo is available on their flight. The symbol will also appear throughout the cabin next to the seat and row number, and seatback cards will provide instructions on how to access the service."

"Gogo fits in perfectly with our business model by offering more choices in flight," Andrew Nocella, senior vice president of marketing and planning for US Airways, said in a statement. "Our customers are able to be more productive with their time and have new ways to stay entertained in the air."

The company statement continued:

"To introduce Gogo, US Airways is allowing customers the chance to try it for free. From March 29 through June 1, first-time Gogo users will get one free session when they create their profile. US Airways will celebrate the completion of its fleet installation by offering free Gogo access to everyone who flies on a Wi-Fi equipped US Airways flight from June 1 through June 8."