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Virgin America Takes Broadband Internet to the Skies


Virgin America, a new airline that began service on August 8th and is quickly gaining a reputation for its techie features, has announced that it is partnering with AirCell in an effort aimed at offering air-to-ground broadband internet service on Virgin America flights sometime in 2008.

Guests onboard the airline will be able to access the internet either through their wifi-enabled personal devices or through the RedInflight Entertainment system at every seat. According to a press release, the system is anticipated to allow guests to connect to the internet with the AirCell Broadband Service, using either their Red seatback video screens or their own wifi enabled portable gaming devices, laptops, PDAs or Smartphones.

Guests will also be able to check and send web-email from their seatbacks through Red's TALK — the airline's onboard chat system — using popular instant messaging services such as MSN, Google talk, Yahoo! Skype, and AIM.

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