Alaska Air expands inflight Wi-Fi, offers free Facebook access for June

Alaska Airlines continues to go high-tech.  The Seattle airline is expanding its inflight Wi-Fi system, saying today that 92 percent of its fleet will be equipped by the end of the month. The announcement comes just a few days after the airline said that it would equip pilots with iPads.

To promote the offering, Alaska said that it will offer complimentary access to Facebook on flights during the month of June. It will also kick off a Facebook game where customers can win free trips to Hawaii.

Laptop users pay $4.95 for flights of 90 minutes or less, with flights of 90 minutes to three hours costing $9.95 and flights over three hours costing $12.95.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer inflight Wi-Fi service to our customers flying throughout our U.S. mainland and Alaska route network,” said Joe Sprague, the airline’s vice president of marketing. “For our business travelers, especially, the ability to access e-mail and the Internet is a great benefit.”

The Wi-Fi system at Alaska Airlines is provided by Aircell under the Gogo brand. Aircraft outfitted with the service have a Wi-Fi decal outside the boarding door.

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    The last time Alaska Airlines offered free Facebook access through Gogo, it was an absolute crapfest. Images didn’t load or loaded very slowly, and even clicking on internal Facebook links (not to external sites) kicked the user off Facebook and into a Gogo pay-for-WiFi sign up screen. It was a mess and a very poor experience.

    I hope Alaska and Gogo have fixed that for this promotion and when one clicks on a Facebook link for a message, photo or internal Facebook page, it actually goes there as a Facebook user would expect.

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    The last time Alaska Airlines offered free Facebook access through Gogo, it was an absolute crapfest. Images didn’t load or loaded very slowly, and even clicking on internal Facebook links (not to external sites) kicked the user off Facebook and into a Gogo pay-for-WiFi sign up screen. It was a mess and a very poor experience.

    I hope Alaska and Gogo have fixed that for this promotion and when one clicks on a Facebook link for a message, photo or internal Facebook page, it actually goes there as a Facebook user would expect.

  • Bluesnow10

    About time! I fly the SEA-SFO route every week, and despite the fact that the flight connects 2 tech hubs, the plane is only equipped with wifi 50% of the time. I’ve taken to flying on Virgin America instead, despite my stockpile of Alaska miles, perks, etc.

  • Bluesnow10

    About time! I fly the SEA-SFO route every week, and despite the fact that the flight connects 2 tech hubs, the plane is only equipped with wifi 50% of the time. I’ve taken to flying on Virgin America instead, despite my stockpile of Alaska miles, perks, etc.