Today marks a historic day for Southwest and our Customers. After many months of evaluation and development, Southwest is the first airline to test aircraft-to-satellite Wi-Fi technology!
As you have probably heard, Southwest chose California-based Row 44 to evaluate this ground-breaking technology on four aircraft. Today, that test is becoming a reality and the first Southwest Airlines Customers will have a chance to experience being connected at 39,000 feet.
I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak during private inflight testing a couple weeks ago and the speed and quality of the solution was everything I hoped it would be and more. Anything you can do at home or from a coffee shop hotspot, you can do with this .
In addition, we are proud to announce a partnership with Yahoo! today to deliver a customized inflight homepage that includes a one-of-a-kind flight tracker, as well as daily programming of local news and information. The new flight tracker will allow passengers to follow the plane’s flight path, and view “fly-over” points of interest along the route, with images from Flickr.
If you are lucky enough to be on one of our Wi-Fi planes over the next few weeks, we'd love to hear about your experience! Look for the "Wi-Fi Hotspot" stickers as you board!
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