Virgin America, which flew its inaugural flight last week, has said AirCell will be offering WiFi connectivity in its planes once the airline receives regulatory approval, according to Zeni Jardin from Boing Boing. She took the Virgin flight last week from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The planes are wired. For every three seats, there are two 110-volt outlets, USB ports, two WiFi access points on board in the front and rear and Ethernet at every seat that connects passengers to a plane-wide network. EV-DO technology is planned for transmitting data back to the ground, which AirCell's technology does. AirCell won the exclusive rights in June 2006 to the air-to-ground spectrum that will enable it to provide wireless broadband services on airplanes. The company announced an agreement with American Airlines to test broadband services with passengers across the U.S. beginning in 2008. AirCell was a FierceBroadbandWireless Fierce 15 winner.
For more about Virgin America's plans with AirCell:
- read this blog post at Boing Boing