Frontier Airlines, a Denver-based air carrier, will begin offering onboard Wi-Fi aboard planes in its Embraer E190 fleet starting this week. Passengers will enjoy a half hour of free Wi-Fi through the remainder of February in honor of the product launch.
“Adding Wi-Fi to our Embraer fleet is another example of Frontier’s commitment to providing our guests with a comfortable and easy travel experience,” said Dan Krause, Frontier’s president of marketing. “We’re confident that the availability of onboard Wi-Fi will improve the flying experience of those who want to remain socially connected during their travels.”
Analysts say that in-flight Wi-Fi does not interfere with a plane’s navigations or communications systems. Most believe that cell phone communication is also harmless, although the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission still ban in-flight cell phone conversation to err on the side of caution.
Outside of the United States, airlines have offered in-flight calls for about three years. These airlines utilize a technology that routes a phone call from the passenger’s handset through a router on the plane. The call is then safely and securely transmitted through towers on the ground or through satellites.
Frontier will offer the free 30 minutes of browsing through February but will then switch to a pricing plan. Passengers will be able to purchase a Traveler’s Pass that will provide them with unlimited Wi-Fi access aboard Frontier flights for $24.95 per month, according to the Frontier website.
PCWorld is also reporting that Frontier will offer a graded pricing system starting at $4.95 and ending at $12.95 for Wi-Fi access via laptop. Their pricing system for mobile phones will start at $4.95 and cap out at $7.95. All pricing depends on the length of the flight. On short flights, passengers can purchase 15 minutes of Wi-Fi for $1.95. Gogo will be handling the Wi-Fi on all Frontier flights.
Frontier is also offering passengers the chance to win free onboard Wi-Fi for a year. Interested passengers can find out more about this offer by visiting the company’s Facebook (News - Alert) page.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell