AC WI FI

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  1. londoncalling

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    http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2014/10/09/wi-fi-finally-comes-to-air-canada-but-it-wont-be-cheap/

    But if you were thinking Internet access would be free on those flights — think again. A sponsorhip deal with American Express ended in June, and now you’ll have to pay if you want to Tweet, use Facebook or check your email in the air. It’s $5 for an hour $16 for a day, and $60 for a month, for frequent flyers.
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    I have yet to see any wi fi on domestic flights on 320's.
     
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    I had it a couple of years ago on YYZ-LAX, but have not since. I would pay for it, if it was available. This is too long in the arrival...
     
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    Agreed. My domestic flights are mostly trans cons and the AC movies get boring after the first few have been watched.
     
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    too true ... they do not flip the selection as frequently as they used to a few years ago ... I think it may have even been every two weeks ... hence my trusty iPhone is always loaded with things to watch ...
     
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    I've been flying on Delta a lot lately, and using the monthly wifi subscription (US$39.95). After a few flights you take it for granted.that you will have it and it is quite useful. I use it as much to catch up on news, and sometimes stream local radio (NewsTalk 1010 to catch up on the latest Toronto election antics).

    In another year our two this will be as standard as cold coffee in Y and overcrowded priority boarding!
     
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    We have been thinking this for years now and still waiting ... I hope you are correct but have my doubts ...
     
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    Depends on the airline and the market. In North America the vast majority of planes should be fitted by EoY 2015 for service in terrestrial markets. There are some holdouts (NK, F9, G4) but pretty much everyone else is on board; it is just a matter of completing the hardware installs at this point.

    For long-haul service that's quite a different story. Several airlines have committed to fitting their fleets but the installs are going more slowly and it is not at all pervasive yet.
     
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    I do wonder what level of service would be offered. One would devoutly hope that it would be better than the Morse Code speeds of the on-ground Datavalet service.
     
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    I have not had any issues with the datavalet service - at least not at YYZ ... always good for me.
     
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    The Gogo ATG4 service tops out at 10 Mbit/plane.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Okay, I must have been just plain unlucky in finding that the Datavalet (for me, at least) is clunky, non-responsive and downright slow.

    10 Mbit/plane divided by 20 customers would be 500 Kbit/person. Divided by 100 customers would be 100 Kbit/person. I wonder what happens if the first one onboard starts streaming a television programme; never mind that I might make things worse by trying to listen to a Johan Ludwig Krebs organ chorale on Youtube. (Yup, Mevlannen <--- culture-vulture!)
     
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    The good news is that most data consumption is "bursty" rather than steady so you don't really split it per person evenly. And Gogo limits many streaming media sources, but not all of them.
     
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    I would suggest you change to Gregorian Chant.....even more "cultural". :D
     
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    Go for baroque. :D
     
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    At least at YYZ it seems better recently.

    As for onboard Wi-Fi, I don't really care much about it on my transborder short-haul flights as there is not much time with 90 minutes gate-to-gate. TATL and TPAC would be a whole different story -- but it's also a whole different technical challenge.
     
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    Alas, with my instrument of choice being a tracker-action organ, I am all too familiar with repairing that which is baroque. (ducking and dodging the inevitable, I am!)
     
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    Bursty communciations aren't all that bad, as long as my machine can maintain its connection with the onboard router. To be fair, though, much of time I'd prefer to sleep whilst aloft -- that makes any long flight go more swiftly.

    Mind'ee, with the reduction in on-board staff allotments, perhaps now I shall be spending more time trying to catch the SD's eye for a refill of Johnnie Walker into my coffee-cup, anyway.
     
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    Cut out the middle man - forget the coffee!!!!!!
     
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    Oh, no, couldn't bear such an upset! The Scotch improves the coffee. The coffee improves the Scotch. Net affect is that I have a happily-drowsy ride in seat 1D, under my nice, new, clean, came-in-a-sealed-bag, blessedly booger-free blanket!
     
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    p.s. to ACMM: is that your cat? We're considering inviting a cat to join our household, insofar as mice have issued themselves an invitation into the kitchen of our blessedly-old house.
     
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    We approve! ;)
     
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    One of three actually. All elite cats :) house here is > 100 years and nary a rodent :) so I approve of your plans. More kitties the better!

    (Posted from my milepoint enabled iPhone)
     
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    'zactly! :) more paws the better!

    (Posted from my milepoint enabled iPhone)
     
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    We only have one cat, but as you can see from my photo, Mr Tibbs is a traveling kind of cat, and has already reached SE status. ;)
     
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