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AA launches mobile internet site, in-flight wifi to follow

28 Jan 2008 by Mark Caswell
American Airlines has announced two innovations for 2008 – a mobile version of its website, and the forthcoming launch of broadband internet in-flight. AA customers can now view a mobile-optimised version of aa.com via their mobile phone or PDA, enabling them to access their itinerary, check in for flights, view schedules or contact the carrier. Other features will be added to aa.com/mobile later this year, including the ability to book tickets, change reservations and enrol in the AAdvantage loyalty scheme. Meanwhile, AA has also installed broadband internet capabilities on 15 of its Boeing 767-200 aircraft. The facility, in partnership with telecommunications company Aircell, will be available to transcontinental passengers once testing has been completed. American says the chargeable service will offer wifi internet coverage, including free access to aa.com, and compatibility with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to enable access to corporate intranet and email sites. The service will however be limited to data exchange, which means no VOIP phone compatibility. Details of launch dates and charges have yet to be announced, but AA says that if trials on its 767 aircraft are successful, it could look to extend the service across its domestic fleet. For more information visit aa.com. Report by Mark Caswell
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