AirCell Hits The Air With High-Speed Internet For The Cabin
Business travelers on some long-haul international flights have noticed that wireless Internet service is becoming available for the cabin, although it's not widely in use. But the market is getting increasingly competitive with more companies pitching products for both airline and business aircraft use. The latest is AirCell, which has been plying the airborne cell phone market for more than a decade. At last week's AEA show in Dallas, AirCell announced a new wireless internet system based on its established ground-based cell system.
AirCell's Andy Geist told AVweb that the new technology is robust enough to allow full internet surfing, including e-mail, attachments and even streaming video and audio. "From a hotspot in the cabin, you can do just what you'd do at a hotspot in Starbucks," he said. The service is an add-on to AirCell's existing Axxess phone service, although there are price incentives for new customers. The service is expected to be available later this year. Contact AirCell at AirCell.com.