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US Airways puts Gogo into service

US Airways has launched Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet on five of its Airbus A321s, enabling passengers to use their laptops or Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices to surf the web, e-mail friends and family, log into corporate virtual private networks (VPN) and access online entertainment options.

By 1 June, all 51 of the carrier’s A321s will be Gogo-equipped. As Wi-Fi is installed on each aircraft, a Wi-Fi symbol on the outside of the plane at the boarding door will alert passengers that Gogo is available on their flight. The symbol will also appear throughout the cabin next to the seat and row number, and seatback cards will provide instructions on how to access the service. From late June, US Airways’ passengers will be able to determine if Wi-Fi is available on their flight when they book travel on usairways.com.

“Gogo fits in perfectly with our business model by offering more choices in flight,” remarked Andrew Nocella, senior vice-president, marketing and planning for US Airways. “Our customers are able to be more productive with their time and have new ways to stay entertained in the air.”

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