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Even Air China Adds In-Flight WiFi, Free for a Limited Time

Where: China
May 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for access to WiFi on your next journey there’s a new carrier bringing in-flight connectivity to 35,000-feet. Air China just completed a couple test runs of their new travel technology, and it sounds like it may be worth a try from on high.

A pair of flights between spots like Beijing and Chengdu are part of the test, and the connection trials passed with flying colors. Passengers were encouraged to fire up mobile devices and computers, and you can probably guess how the rest of the story goes.

Speeds of up 30 MB per second is the goal, as Air China adds the necessary equipment to more and more planes as things move forward. It’s all 4G here, as air-to-ground technology is thanks in part to ZTE—they’ve actually teamed up with Aircell to help out the Air China project.

The best news of all is that the WiFi sounds like it is free to all passengers aboard these equipped flights. However, part of us worries that something has been lost in translation. We can only imagine that at some point Air China officials will see the dollar signs, and will only flip the switch in exchange for some credit card digits.

[Photo: allenthepostman]

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