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Delta Flips the Switch for In-Flight WiFi on Their 747s

April 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.

This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.

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Lock In a Price Now, as Gogo Hikes Monthly In-Flight WiFi Rates

April 2, 2014 at 5:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have become pretty darn accustomed to enjoying in-flight WiFi on plenty of flights to here and there, and in many case we have the folks over at Gogo to thank for the connectivity and convenience. Well as you know things cost money, and now it looks like the WiFi waves might just set you back a few more bucks.

Most of the rates and options are staying the same, but for those frequent flyers that purchase things for months at time—now’s the time to lock in the previous rate. The Traveler Pass is currently being sold for $39.95 per month, and that will get you access to any and all WiFi enabled flights aboard your one preferred airline. The option is valid now through April 13; however, if you wait too long things it sounds like things will jump up by $10 more per month.

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United to Finally Equip Airport Gates with Charging Stations

April 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Stay a little more connected during your next flight with United, as the carrier is doing their best to keep you charged up during your time at the gate.

The airline is adding around 500 charging stations to airport terminals and gate areas. Their home at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the first to get the installations and upgrades, as they’re already hard at work putting in more than 100 such stations across the airport’s Concourse B and Concourse C.

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United Quietly Flips the Switch on Super Fast WiFi

March 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

United might not have been the first one to introduce in-flight WiFi, but they are trying to lead the way with faster speeds and better tray table connectivity. Just the other day they flipped the switch on some of this technology, so your next flight just might be that much better.

The newest United technology kind of takes a page from what JetBlue has been doing, as the bits and pieces of up in the air technology rely on ViaSat-1 satellite stuff. That means way faster speeds, and a lot more in-flight streaming of Netflix and Hulu—at least in theory.

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And the Next Airline to Bring In-Flight WiFi to the Skies is...

Where: Spain
November 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of budget carriers, low cost carriers, and other cheap ways to travel the friendly skies amenities don’t usually come to mind. However, that’s not the case with Vueling, as they’re about to add something pretty darn awesome to the in-flight cabin.

Some of Vueling’s planes are heading into the hangar for an upgrade, as the carrier has plans to add in-flight WiFi to their fleet. Details are pretty limited at this point, as it sounds like even the company doing the wiring and whatnot is unknown. However, things could launch as soon as next month, so keep your WiFi settings updated and search for a signal.

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Snag a Free iPad Onboard Select Southwest Flights

November 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the battery is dead on your iPad or you left it behind—no problem—as Southwest Airlines is getting ready to pass the gadgets around on a few of their upcoming flights. As you probably know, the carrier is busy expanding their WiFi connectivity and streaming content, and they’re eager to show it off to travelers.

Don’t expect the latest and greatest in Apple technology here, as the carrier hasn’t gotten around to ordering up some of those new iPad Air things just yet. As part of the program, Southwest will be passing out iPad2 devices on flights between spots like Chicago-Midway, Denver, and Oakland.

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Gadget Use Under 10,000' is a Decision for Uncle Sam

October 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here at home we’re waiting to see if we will finally be able to utilize electronic doodads during all aspects of the flight, as we’re just too connected to flip things off even if for just a few minutes. Obviously we’re not the only ones that love our mobile devices, and now it looks like another country is thinking about allowing the opportunity to listen to music, watch a movie, or actually get work done during take-off and landing.

Down in Australia their air safety group, CASA, is keeping an eye on what’s going on in the United States. They’re pretty curious about the safety of using gadgets during all aspects of the flight, and it sounds like they’re thinking about allowing passengers to keep things switched to on. Specifically this would affect domestic flights down under like those taking to the skies aboard Qantas or Virgin Australia.

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Thai Airways Will Soon Bring In-Flight WiFi All the Way to Bangkok

Where: Thailand
September 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

At this point we’ve started to take in-flight WiFi for granted. We use it, we enjoy it, and we're beginning to expect it. The technology may still be hit or miss on some of those international long-haul flight options, but this week there’s another carrier looking to change that.

Thai Airways has been busy working behind the scenes to get their network up and running for what we imagine must have been a decent amount of time. There’s been one thing holding them back, however, and that’s been the government. Thankfully the carrier just got the necessary approvals, as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission just gave the carrier the go ahead to start utilizing those magical internet waves.

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Delta Buys Loads of Nokia Phones for 19,000 Flight Attendants

August 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

The internet is anxiously awaiting the next generation of the iPhone to arrive, but in the interim there’s another mobile phone announcement worth talking about. Delta is going all in with the Windows Phone platform, at least when it comes to what they’re doing up in the air.

The carrier must have ordered a whole bunch of these suckers, as a slew of flight attendants are now toting these onboard like each and every Delta flight. The handheld devices will be used to take orders, process payments, and do all kinds of other up in the air things—all without the use of paper and with plenty of technology.

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One Irrefutable Rule of In-Flight WiFi is...

August 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Monday, which means a distraction is definitely in order. Luckily we've got the perfect little one minute comic to share: click to view.

Matthew Inman is the cartoonist behind the brilliant web series "The Oatmeal". He's the sort of dual artist-comedian who expertly illustrates those weird thoughts everyone thinks, but never say.

Over the weekend, while onboard a flight, he had a tiny revelation which led to an on-the-fly comic he drew, uploaded and posted to Twitter all thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi.

[Image: @Oatmeal]

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US Airways Gets with the Times, Finally Releases a Mobile App

August 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

They might be a little late to the party—like years late—but it appears that US Airways is finally ready to start doing the mobile app thing. Just this week they released their very first piece of travel technology, and so far it is available in just one flavor—Android.

Expect a lot of the same from the US Airways app that you get from the competition, as you’ll be able to manage all the bits and pieces of your travel itinerary. Check-in for flights, book airfare, locate airline clubs, and of course load up that mobile boarding pass. Speaking of which, they’ve got some kind of spot right within the app where you can store and collect all your boarding passes in one convenient location.

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United's Latest App Update Keeps You Moving Even When Your Flight Isn't Going

July 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to staying in touch with what your airline and airplane is doing there’s nothing better than an official airline app. All the airlines pretty much have them—except US Airways—and now United is adding a few new features to their offerings.

The latest version of the mobile app is still a version one release; so don’t really expect anything too radical or ridiculous. However, it now provides a few new options that will keep you moving when you’re on the go.

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