Inflight Wi-Fi Takes Off On More US Airways Flights
- Gogo Wi-Fi expands to Airbus A319, A320, Embraer 190, 170 and 175 aircraft
- US Airways adds inflight entertainment allowing customers to command their flight experience with Gogo Vision
TEMPE, Ariz., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) is expanding its Gogo® Wi-Fi inflight Internet service to its fleet of Airbus A319, A320 and Embraer 190 aircraft. With the expansion of inflight Internet across the Airbus A320 (A319, A320 and A321) family and Embraer 190 fleet, US Airways will have 90 percent of its mainline domestic fleet equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access. The service will also be expanded to US Airways Express Embraer 170 and 175 aircraft operated by Republic Airlines. In addition to extending inflight Wi-Fi on more flights, the airline announced that it will launch Gogo Vision™, a streaming video product that will allow passengers to watch movies and television shows on their own Wi-Fi enabled device.
"US Airways is excited to bring entertainment to the skies and enhance our inflight experience for both business and leisure travelers," said Andrew Nocella, US Airways' senior vice president of marketing and planning. "Not only are we ensuring customers stay connected on more of our flights with the expansion of Gogo Wi-Fi, but we are placing customers in the pilot's seat of their entertainment experience with Gogo Vision."
Gogo Vision will be available through a new multimedia platform that will give passengers access to movies, TV shows, games, destination content, news and exclusive shopping deals. Movies and TV shows will remain accessible for viewing even after the customer has landed – movies for 24 hours and TV shows for 72 hours. Unexpired rentals will be available for playback on the ground using the same device and browser used onboard. Gogo Vision entertainment will range from $0.99 to $5.99, separate from the cost of Wi-Fi service.
"We are excited at the opportunity to connect more US Airways passengers through the expansion of Gogo and look forward to offering them access to Gogo Vision through the new multimedia platform," added Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "The new platform will give US Airways passengers access to myriad online entertainment options, all of which will be available by opening the browser on their Wi-Fi enabled device."
US Airways is scheduled to begin the expansion of Gogo Wi-Fi on Embraer aircraft this summer and Airbus A320 family aircraft in the fall of 2012, and expects to complete installation by the end of 2013. Currently US Airways' Airbus A321 aircraft are equipped with Gogo's air-to-ground (ATG) technology. During the expansion process, these aircraft will be retrofitted with Gogo's ATG-4 technology. The upgraded technology will enhance Wi-Fi capacity to the plane and significantly increase the data rate for customers as compared with the current technology. All Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft will be equipped with ATG-4 technology during installation. Customers will have access to Gogo Vision on Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft following the installation of ATG-4 technology.
Visit www.usairways.com/wifi to learn more and track the airline's Wi-Fi installation progress.
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. For six years in a row, the airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. US Airways also ranked #1 among its competing hub-and-spoke network carriers for 2010 performance as rated by the Wichita State University/Purdue University Airline Quality Rating (AQR). For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG)
Gogo is fast becoming everyone's favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using the Gogo exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,400 commercial aircraft including all domestic AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights, on all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines flights and on select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.
Back on the ground, Gogo's 400+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
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