By Don Douloff, November 20, 2008
Air Canada intends to begin offering live inflight Internet service next spring, under an agreement with aviation-broadband provider Aircell.
By early 2009, the airline intends to begin offering access through Gogo aboard Airbus A319 aircraft on select flights to the U.S. West Coast. The service will be accessible via a standard, WiFi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device. Initially, the Gogo system will be powered by Aircell’s existing network and only available in the U.S.
Upon successful completion of the initial phase, Air Canada plans to extend the system throughout its North American and international markets, as Aircell’s coverage network expands.
The delivery of this service is contingent on Canadian regulatory approvals.