United Airlines will offer in-flight internet access on certain flights from New York’s JFK to California’s two largest airports – LAX and San Francisco International starting sometime in second quarter, according to tech blog GigaOm. United flights will become wifi hotspots with the new service provided by Aircell’s Gogo service.
And so Internet radio is available in the sky as well. Other airlines launched partnerships with Aircell in 2008, including Virgin, American and Delta, and reportedly most major airlines are in “advanced discussions” with the provider.
While this is not likely to be a huge source of new listening, it’s more evidence of the coming ubiquity of Internet radio.
Said Jack Blumenstein, Aircell president & CEO. “Passengers love Gogo Inflight Internet service and the freedom it gives them to be productive, connected and entertained. Forward-thinking airlines like United are putting the power of Gogo in their passengers’ hands and reaping the revenue and customer loyalty benefits that it brings.”