American Airlines to Test Inflight Internet

Fort Worth, TX -- American Airlines today said it plans to offer wireless, high-speed Internet service to passengers on mainly transcontinental routes, beginning next year.

The world's largest airline, American said its Internet service, a pilot program, will be the first such service offered by a U.S. air carrier.

"We understand that broadband connectivity is important to our business customers and others who want to use their PDAs and laptops for real-time, inflight broadband communications," said Dan Garton, American's executive vice president of marketing.

The Internet service, offered through a partnership with AirCell LLC, will be available in all classes on American's Boeing 767-200 aircraft. American said it will charge a fee but declined to state an amount.

AirCell will provide cellular towers throughout the continental United States to transmit signals to antennas installed on the outside of the aircraft. The signals transmitted inside the aircraft cabin to passengers' computers and other digital devices will be 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi.

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