tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 10:32:09 UTC (2 years 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2833 times:
Yes, assuming that you mean the offboard datalink and not the on-airplane WiFi antenna.
Quoting mhsieh ( Thread starter): On Southwest 737s, there are big dome structures while on Alaska 737s there are nothing visible.
The Alaska 737's, I think, are using a blade antenna (looks like a VHF).
DL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2052 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 12:55:41 UTC (2 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2780 times:
Here is a pic of one of the three WiFi antennas on a DL plane:
(Forward-most antenna shown inside the engine inlet )
View Large View Medium Photo © Tong Xian
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2640 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 13:37:13 UTC (2 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2755 times:
It depends on the type of system used. The GoGo system is currently all land based. They use a land phone system that connects up to the plane. While the system
WN uses is sat based so they connect down to the plane. The sat based systems are the way forward. I think GoGo is moving to this system so international aircraft can have WiFi capabilities.
SKC From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 18:36:17 UTC (2 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2669 times:
Quoting Dalmd88 ( Reply 3): While the system WN uses is sat based so they connect down to the plane.
SWA uses Row 44 for their sat-based WiFi.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
dlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 551 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 21:48:49 UTC (2 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
Alaska Airlines originally was going to go with the Row44 satellite-based system:
View Large View Medium Photo © Royal S King
They ended up switching to the GoGo ground-based system.
Southwest and Norwegian Air Shuttle use the Row44 system: