DALLAS, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines will be
the first US carrier to test satellite-delivered broadband Internet access
on multiple aircraft. With this innovation, Southwest Customers with a
wi-fi enabled device will have full access to the Internet including
e-mail, music, shopping, and virtual private networks (VPN) via a
high-speed connection. Southwest Airlines is partnering with Southern
California-based Row 44 and hopes to begin testing Internet capabilities on
four aircraft this summer.
"Southwest Airlines is pleased to announce its partnership with Row 44,
and we intend to deliver the highest bandwidth available to commercial
airlines in the United States," said Dave Ridley, Southwest Airlines'
Senior Vice President of Marketing. "Southwest's selection of satellite
technology will offer a more robust experience for more Customers per
aircraft versus other solutions available in the marketplace."
"Southwest is looking for the best solution for our Customers not only
for Internet e-mail access, but for additional inflight entertainment as
well," Ridley said. "We look forward to exploring this cutting-edge
technology with Row 44 and hope this will keep our Customers productive and
"We're excited to partner with Southwest Airlines to keep passengers
informed, in touch, and entertained," said Gregg Fialcowitz, President of
Row 44. "This service will set the standard for excellence in inflight
After almost 37 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to
differentiate itself from other airlines-offering low fares and a reliable
product with impeccable Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the most
efficient airline in the sky and offers Customers a pleasant traveling
experience. Southwest recently updated its gate areas and improved its
boarding procedure to make flying Southwest productive and convenient.
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the nation's largest carrier in terms of
domestic passengers boarded, currently serves 64 cities in 32 states. Based
in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and
has more than 33,000 Employees systemwide.
Row 44 is the fast, global, fleet-wide solution for inflight broadband
services -- high-speed Internet, video entertainment, cell phone support,
and airline operational services. The system offers wide-body, narrow-body
and even regional jet support along with flexible service deployment
options. And its cost effective because installation is quick, the hardware
is light, and the service leverages existing satellite networks.
SOURCE Southwest Airlines