JetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3064 times:
jetBlue did once mention long time ago something about internet and I guess this is it. This would set them far ahead of the competition and they could make lots of selling it through LiveTV. Can't wait until we see what happens with this.
LN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
Look at the numbers of laptops out there. Look at all the people who pull out laptops whn they fly, to work, play games or DVD's. SAS has up to 50 users per flight. Lufthansa has the record - 106 unique users on one flight.
The airline executives must come out of their (oak panelled) cubbieholes and understand the need. And more important, the revenue potential. Would YOU pay $20 for WLAN if you flew SEA-ATL? I would...
FA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2835 times:
Quoting LN-MOW (Reply 8): Would YOU pay $20 for WLAN if you flew SEA-ATL? I would...
I would on a long flight ... not necessarily NYC-Florida, though. JetBlue doesnt have powerports at its seats so the most I could use my laptop would be 2.5 hours. Is $20 worth it for that amount of time on NY-California? Certainly.
Atmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 10): This past year was the first year that laptop sales surpassed desktop sales. The market is growing. And all new laptops except the very cheapest have wifi built in.
At some point I wonder if we will see airlines drop PTVs and tell customers if you want TV bring your laptop and connect to our network. Unless those PTVs are super light and cheap, I don't see the point if the majority of passengers are bringing a laptop anyway.
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ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 7056 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2747 times:
Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 11): Unless those PTVs are super light and cheap, I don't see the point if the majority of passengers are bringing a laptop anyway.
Well, I suspect the intersection of the set of people who want in-flight entertainment and who want to be able to use a laptop onboard is rather small, but for this to be workable at all, the airline would need to provide in-seat power for any flights over a few hours. Moreover, that wouldn't address families traveling, since it's unlikely that mom & dad would want to take along a laptop for each kid, let alone ones for themselves.
PITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3407 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
This would also be a huge asset to the flight crew, such as being able to look at current weather pictures in flight. Right now only the weather channel is available to JetBlue crews. Currently the only type of aviation weather updates available once airborne are in textual format via ACARS datalink. Every datalink transmission costs money. This would really save $$$ in the long run by being able to email the company instead of using ACARS to communicate.
Quoting ScottB (Reply 12): the airline would need to provide in-seat power for any flights over a few hours.
Or the customer could carry an extra battery if they really need to be online more than 2.5 hours.
JetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3094 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
I'm really happy to see this. I would expect this within the next 3 years - nothing immediate. By 2009, just about everyone will have a laptop. This could make B6 a lot of money via both revenue from its own flights and also installing the technology via LiveTV.
I think B6 bought 1 MGz or something like that (I have no clue what that means so don't even ask). Does that mean that the internet will only work for so many connections at a time?