Air China trials in-flight wifi access

22 Nov 2011

Air China has launched a test pilot scheme of inflight wifi internet access on its Boeing 737-800, used on a domestic flight between Beijing and Chengdu, becoming the first Chinese carrier to offer such service.

The trial is planned to be carried out through to December 31, 2011.  In addition to internet access, powered by inflight connectivity provider Gogo, the service includes a real-time intra-cabin networking platform for passengers to communicate with each other during the flight.

“This represents a significant milestone for Gogo and for Air China,” said Michael Small, chief executive of Gogo.

Air China is also in talks with China Telecom, a Chinese telecommunications provider, to explore the possibilities of providing mobile phones connections onboard.

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Alisha Haridasani

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