SEATTLE, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today that Gogo® Inflight Internet service is now available on nearly all aircraft in its fleet. With the installation of the service scheduled for completion later this month, Alaska's fleet will be 92 percent Wi-Fi equipped, which includes its 737-800 and –900 aircraft flying predominantly longer routes. Only seven of the airline's 117 Boeing 737s will not offer Wi-Fi, including its freighter and combi (part-passenger/part-freight) aircraft and three 737-400s.
"We're pleased to be able to offer inflight Wi-Fi service to our customers flying throughout our U.S. mainland and Alaska route network," said Joe Sprague, the airline's vice president of marketing. "For our business travelers, especially, the ability to access e-mail and the Internet is a great benefit."
Customers traveling on Wi-Fi-equipped planes can enjoy complimentary access to Facebook throughout the month of June. Alaska Airlines has launched a Facebook app whereby fans can play an instant win game for the chance to win free trips-for-two to Hawaii every Wednesday. The online game, called Alaska Airlines® "Nuts for Hawaii™," started May 12 and continues every Wednesday through July 20, 2011. For more information including the official rules, visit http://www.facebook.com/alaskaairlines.
Using Gogo, Alaska Airlines passengers with Wi-Fi-enabled devices can browse the Web; access online music, games, podcasts and webcasts; send and receive e-mail; and connect to virtual private networks while flying. The easy-to-use service provides passengers with full Internet access on any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground. Gogo is available for $4.95 and up, based on length of flight and device used. Gogo also offers 24-hour inflight Wi-Fi passes and monthly subscriptions. Customers can visit www.alaskaair.com/wifi for more information about Alaska Airlines' inflight Wi-Fi.
Aircraft equipped with inflight Internet service have a Wi-Fi symbol located outside the aircraft's boarding door and information in seatback pockets. Gogo is available above 10,000 feet, following an announcement approving the use of portable electronic devices.
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Aircell® is the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colo., and Itasca, Ill. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi-enabled devices — such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs — can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, visit gogoinflight.com. You can also follow "gogoInflight" on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook ( www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).
Nuts for Hawaii™ Game Details:
No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment will not increase a participant's chances of winning. The Alaska Airlines® Nuts for Hawaii Instant Win Game is open for entry and the Game can be played between 8 a.m. Pacific Time and 7:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (the "Game Time") only on the following dates in 2011: May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, and July 20 (the "Game Dates"). The Instant Prizes may be awarded at any time during the Game Time on a Game Date. It is possible for an entrant to play the Game on a Game Date after the Instant Prizes have already been awarded. The Game is open to legal residents of AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IL, MD, MA, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, OR, TX, VA, WA, or DC who, as of time of entry, are 18 years or older, and legal residents of AB or BC, Canada who, as of the date of entry, are the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, and satisfy all other terms set forth in the Official Rules. Visit www.facebook.com/AlaskaAirlines for the official rules, which set forth entry details, prizes, odds of winning, etc. A skill-testing question is required if a winner is a resident of Canada. Void in the rest of the United States, all other Province/Territories of Canada (including Quebec), P.R., & where prohibited or restricted by law. ARV of all prizes is USD $61,520/ CAD $59,060. Sponsor: Alaska Airlines Inc., 19300 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188. This Game is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by, or associated with, Facebook®.
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