Posted on: 31 July 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Alaska Airlines will offer passengers using web-enabled smart phones and iPod Touches free Wi-Fi access via its Gogo in-flight connectivity service during August and September 2011.The offer, compliments of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card, is also available to passengers renting a digEplayer, Alaska’s portable inflight entertainment system."Alaska Airlines’ Inflight Wi-Fi has been a hit with our customers and we’re excited to offer it free to those with smart phones throughout the next two months," commented Alaska Airlines’s vice president of marketing, Joe Sprague. "Whether you’re a business traveller needing access to e-mail or just can’t wait to check Facebook, free access to the Internet is a huge benefit."Using the Gogo service, Alaska Airlines passengers will be able to access the internet; online music, games, podcasts and webcasts; send and receive e-mail; and connect to virtual private networks while flying. The 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."We are extremely excited for this sponsorship since it’s the first free mobile offering on Gogo," added Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief marketing officer. "Many smart phone users simply aren’t aware that you can turn your cellular phone service off on a Gogo-equipped plane, yet still access the Internet through a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device and surf the Web, send e-mail and access most of the features on your mobile device."