Virgin America to launch in-flight Wi-Fi

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Continuing with an ongoing trend, Virgin America is finally making its long announced entry into the world of in-flight broadband. The carrier, like American and Delta, will use the Gogo service from Aircell to provide its passenger with broadband connectivity and has teamed with YouTube to provide an air-to-ground video stream, from a plane flying over the San Francisco Bay Area, as part of the launch event tomorrow.

Virgin America’s in-flight Wi-Fi service will then remain in beta tests for one week before a planned commercial launch on December 1, with plans to have the system from Aircell deployed on all its planes by the middle of next year. Internet access won't be filtered for content or applications, except for VoIP, and the company will charge $9.95 for a flight of three hours or less and $12.95 for longer flights.

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