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.