US Airways has a plan to equip all their Airbus single-aisle planes and their Embraer jets larger than 50 seats with inflight wireless internet from GoGo by the end of 2013.
Currently they only offer inflight connectivity on their Airbus A321s, a limited subset of the fleet indeed. They’re not going internationally with the widebody aircraft, and not announcing plans to upgrade the aging 737s (which are sadly what I’m on most!). But it’s a big step forward.
When I started flying American Airlines with some regularity back in December, inflight wireless changed my life. Now, they don’t offer it on every flight, but often enough that I can feel the difference in my productivity. No longer do I get off the plane after flying cross country to a barrage of unanswered emails and frantic colleagues. I’m more productive and more relaxed, some of the best money I could spend.
Of course, Delta has far more extensive wireless connectivity than American or anyone else does, I just won’t fly them because of the value of the miles and how they prioritize upgrades, which are an especially big deal in the DC market (and it doesn’t help the case that they’re scaling down in DC anyway).
But US Airways as the dominant carrier at National airport, with inflight wifi, really helps their case with me! It can’t come soon enough.
(HT: DeacFlyer1 on Milepoint)