American Airlines and AirCell

Interesting news from the PR wire: AA has signed up with AirCell to provide in-flight WiFi. This echoes Boeing’s sadly-cancelled Connexion service, with a few differences: AirCell will use a three-antenna system to let selected 767-200 aircraft communicate with the ground. Interestingly, although the release itself doesn’t say this, the PR rep who sent it to me said that “This test is for text data only, voice capable products are not included.” Thank goodness; I sure don’t want to listen to people yapping on their WiFi phones (or Skype, or whatever) on a transcontinental flight. The service test won’t start until 2008, but I plan to check it out if I can. (No word yet on whether AA is forcing AirCell to change their name to “AAirCell”.)

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