tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 10:32:09 UTC (1 year 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2484 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, 1937 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 12:55:41 UTC (1 year 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2431 times:
Here is a pic of one of the three WiFi antennas on a DL plane:
(Forward-most antenna shown inside the engine inlet )
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This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2543 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 13:37:13 UTC (1 year 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2406 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, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 18:36:17 UTC (1 year 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2320 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.
dlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 544 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted
Sat Oct 27 2012 21:48:49 UTC (1 year 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2271 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: