Aircell reveals more details on air-to-ground service

AirCell, which won the exclusive rights in June 2006 to the air-to-ground spectrum that enables it to provide wireless broadband services to airplanes, has revealed more plans for its in-flight broadband service. The company, whose customers so far include Virgin America and American Airlines, is calling the service gogo and will cost $12.95 for cross-country flights and $9.95 for flights lasting three hours or less.

The service will allow airline passengers to use WiFi-enabled laptops and other devices to access the Internet or check email in flight. Initially, the service will be available in 15 of American Airlines' 767s with plans to increase service to some 500 aircrafts. Virgin has always wanted to deploy service on all of its planes, desiring to offer broadband access to every seat using its back-seat system.

AirCell expects to deploy about 500 antennas, enough to cover the entire country and support as many as 250,000 broadband users.

To read more about AirCell's plans:
- check out this report from GigaOm