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Alaska Airlines first major in US with iPad flight manuals

05/28, 1:25pm

Alaska Airlines uses iPad in place of paper manual

Alaska Airlines on Friday had the distinction of being the first large US carrier to use iPads as flight manuals on all flights and routes. All pilots will be receiving the Apple tablet loaded with the GoodReader app and PDF copies of all the aircraft manuals, reference charts, and other content they would need for their flights. Moving to the iPad not only saves a large amount of weight, dropping from 25 pounds to 1.5 pounds, but has active links between documents and color that normally wouldn't reach the printed copies.

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Airlines give out free in-flight Facebook for a month

02/01, 3:55pm

Gogo, seven airlines give free in-flight Facebook

Seven major airlines have teamed up with Gogo Inflight Internet to provide free access to Facebook during flights. Accessing other pages on the web, however, requires payment, ranging between $5 for short flights or $13 for long ones. Facebook is the most popular place visited on the Gogo network and is being used as a promo to drive adoption of in-air Internet use.

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Alaska Airlines to put Wi-Fi on all flights

02/24, 5:30pm

Alaska Air to use Gogo Internet everywhere

Alaska Airlines today said it would bring Wi-Fi to all its flights. The service will on Gogo's 3G-to-Wi-Fi system and, like with other carriers, will vary in price depending on the device and duration of the flight. Notebooks will have access from $5 for red-eye flights and will scale up to $10 or $13 for regular flights under or over three hours long. Using a smartphone or other handheld device will cost $8 regardless of the length of the flight.

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Alaska Airlines trials Inflight Wi-Fi

02/26, 4:45pm

Alaska Airlines Wi-Fi

Alaska Airlines recently announced it will offer a satellite-based trial Wi-Fi service during its flights to users with Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks, smartphones and other personal electronics devices with wireless Internet access. The service, offered by Row 44, has been in development for the past two years and will be available on the Airlines' specially-outfitted Boeing 737-700 passenger jets. Most common features will be accessible, including web browsing, online music and games, e-mail, IM chat and connections to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

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