Virgin atlantic to introduce wifi internet on transatlantic flights

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  1. keith

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    Cant WAIT for this!!!! woooohoooo!


    Gogo will offer in-flight connectivity with speeds at up to 70Mbps on Virgin Atlantic’s aircraft, once a deal between the two companies is concluded.

    They have agreed on principal terms and are currently working to finalize a definitive agreement, Gogo said. Under the agreement, all of Virgin Atlantic’s existing fleet is expected to be retrofitted with Gogo’s 2Ku technology, which is scheduled to be launched in the middle of next year.

    The antennas Virgin Atlantic will use are approximately two times more spectrally efficient than other antennas in the commercial aviation market, which lowers the cost, Gogo said earlier this year when the technology was announced. The antenna is also smaller, which helps reduce drag.

    The 70Mbps that 2Ku can deliver is a big improvement over the 3.1Mbps Gogo was able to offer when it got started about five years ago. The company is also working on an upgrade to 100Mbps, which will be possible thanks to so-called spot-beam satellites. They improve performance by concentrating their power output, but that also means they cover a smaller area.

    September has been a good month for Gogo. Virgin Atlantic is the first European airline to partner with the company, and it has also announced deals with Vietnam Airlines and T-Mobile.

    Starting Wednesday, T-Mobile subscribers can take advantage of free in-flight texting and voicemail on more than 2,000 commercial aircraft flying in the U.S., according to Gogo. To access the services, subscribers will need a Wi-Fi Calling-enabled phone in airplane mode connected to Gogo’s Wi-Fi.
     
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    so the planes won't be engulfed in a fireball and crash to the ground then? ;)
     
  3. keith

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    amazing isnt it :) just like phones didn't kill it after all and having in flight entertainment on from take off to landing didnt and and and :)
     
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    and in hospitals....
     
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    :eek3: :thud:
     
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    Will keep people busy, at least. Probably someone finally realized that if passengers were allowed to be surfing the 'net, there would be a lot fewer problems!
     
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    One downside to this means you'll have that anoying person at the back of the plane having a row with someone on the phone for 8 hours ;)

    Why could they not announce this a few months ago :(
     
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  9. Wendy

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    I bet they charge a fair bit for the service.
     
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    I don't understand how, it's witchcraft I tells you
     
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    I agree with Wendy, it must be expensive.

    ...I wish more carriers (read: BA) would offer the service, though - I can wile away hours surfing for nonsense! Would certainly make the wait to arrive at MCO more bearable.
     
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    Must say, I love having it on JetBlue. Have even managed to bill it back to work the last few times ;)
     
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    I'd pay an extra £100 to have it on a 9 hour flight to Orlando if it was guaranteed to be reliable and fast enough to actually use properly... it's THAT important to me. I fully realise it's not to every one else necessarily :lol:
     
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    Wendy A hui hou kakou Makuakane Administrator

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    Sshh Virgin might be reading this and then charge £100!!!!!! :taunt:
     
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    good thinking.. I'll change that to I certainly would NEVER pay £100.... :lol:

    Thing is, it really does need to be good if they offer it. So many of these schemes result in slow/unusuable service. I really would rather pay more for something that I can actually use
     
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    Hmm... I'd pay for it... Just not sure how much (you all know I'm horribly cheap!).

    I think they should do an annual package so you can get it on every flight you're on for the price of two trips (ie four flights). That'd be good.
     
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    If it's the same company as here in the states (Gogo Inflight Internet), they do offer a number of packages/plans to choose from if you're a frequent flier. I don't know how much (if any) it would save you, but I had a monthly subscription for a time last year.
     

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