While competitors speed installation of onboard Wi-Fi, Continental Airlines, busy getting its merger act together with United Airlines, has postponed plans to offer Internet access in the air while it sorts things out.
AT&T turned New York’s Times Square into a Wi-Fi hotzone for customers using Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones — including the iPhone — as well as laptops, netbooks and assorted devices.
So you get on the road and you have to choose what to do. You want to stay connected and you want to reduce the amount of time spent FIXING things.
Major hotel chains and independent properties around the world continue to charge guests for using the internet – an irritation for those who consider it as important as free room towels.
Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO Gary Kelly, speaking at the Raymond James airline conference in New York today, outlined an ambitious schedule for new technology projects, including satellite-based Wi-Fi, website upgrades, changes to the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program, and a new revenue management system.
United Airlines and AirTran Airways released their fourth quarter 2009 financial results and there were a few tech items immersed in all of the news.
United, which narrowed its loss to $240 million for the quarter, revealed that increases in fees for first and second bags, ticketing and reservations changes accounted for a 0.4 percentage point uptick in PRASM (passenger revenue per available seat mile) in the fourth quarter. However, overall PRASM declined 5.2% in the quarter.
United recently named Thomas O’Toole as its chief marketing officer. Part of O’Toole’s responsibilities will be to further develop the airline’s mechandising strategy, which includes bag fees and Economy Plus seating.
Aircell, which is implementing its Gogo Wi-Fi solution on the aircraft of major North American airlines, picked up $176 million in equity financing from new and existing investors.
Aircell stated that the proceeds will go “for capital investments for network expansion and operating needs during this rapid growth phase of the business.”
The company says it has installed its Wi-Fi service on more than 700 commercial aircraft and has commitments from nine airlines. Among them are Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Virgin America and US Airways.