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My Trip On One Of WN's Wifi 737's (some Pics)  
User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 9
Posted (5 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 6584 times:

Hi everyone-

I am a brand new a.net member, and wanted to post my recent trip aboard on of Southwest's new jets equipped with wifi service. There are two test aircraft currently flying in Southwest's fleet equipped with their new wifi service.

I apologize for the quality of the photos (and the lack of photos) but I only had my cell phone with me to take pictures with. Hope you enjoy!

p.s. please go easy on me, i'm a newbie!

Flight: WN 776 SAN-PHX 3/13/2009

I was on a late afternoon flight over to PHX to meet with my family for some spring training baseball games and a horse show for my sister. I got to the airport about an hour and a half early, which is plenty of time for any of you who know SAN. The security line for gates 3-10 was past baggage claim, but moving pretty quickly. I got up to gate 3 with about 45 minutes to spare. As our plane was pulling into the gate to offload the SFO passengers, the gate agent announced that our jet was one of the new wifi test jets! I was so excited to try it out! Boarding was the usual cattle car style with Southwest that somehow works for them, and as I boarded the entire crew was out and welcoming everyone on board. I sat down in my seat and noticed a new info card in the seat back pocket.

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The card outlines how to access the internet and asks you to give your feedback. It also lets you know that large downloads and video files may not be allowed in order to allow every passenger the same quality of service. The pilots came on and welcomed us aboard one of WN's newest jets, only 14 months old, and again reminded us about the wifi service. Takeoff was normal and once we reached 10,000 feet we were told we could bring out our computers and try out the wifi. Once you log onto their wifi network and open the internet you are directed to a Southwest page that asks you to enter your name and RR# if you have one. Once you are done with that, you are free to surf the net. At first, the internet was going incredibly slow, but once I refreshed a couple times it work flawlessly. It actually was very fast!

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A.NET @FL 290!!

The flight was very short so I didn't have time to do much on my computer, and before I knew it we had to put everything away. One of the FA's told us that the wifi service automatically shuts off at 7,500 feet. Landing was normal for PHX, but I saw this 747 sitting on the tarmac, anyone know what it is?

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I loved the WIFI service, it was very fast and I can see it being beneficial for a longer flight. The one downside is the lack of power outlets in the seats. If I were paying for WIFI service transcon, but had nowhere to recharge my computer, I could see that being a problem. Regardless, a great and exciting experience!

Thanks! Hope you enjoyed the TR!

Casey
DeltaT7


As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
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User currently onlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5998 times:



Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
The one downside is the lack of power outlets in the seats. If I were paying for WIFI service transcon, but had nowhere to recharge my computer, I could see that being a problem. Regardless, a great and exciting experience!

I agree with this too. It isn't just SWA most airlines have the lack of the ability to charge so that would be a problem.

Great report and pictures! Thanks for sharing what was probably the first Trip Report in regards to the wifi service on board!

I believe we are expecting 2 more planes for a total of 4 in service for the testing stage.

Alex



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User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5953 times:

Thanks Alex for the nice comment! I agree, it certainly is not just Southwest that lacks in-seat power. If I recall correctly, most Business/First cabins transcon don't have power (someone correct me here if i'm wrong). Overall I think it's a great service, but not sure how many people will be willing to pay.


As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
User currently onlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5918 times:



Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 2):
most Business/First cabins transcon don't have power (someone correct me here if i'm wrong)

I flew Business/First Class on American going ORD-MIA and it did not have the ability to charge.

I flew First Class on the UA PS service just last week LAX-JFK and it had a place to charge but it didn't actually charge!

That's two strikes! Darn!  Sad

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5853 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 3):
I flew Business/First Class on American going ORD-MIA and it did not have the ability to charge.

All AA first/business class compartments have the ability to charge. In fact, on the AA 763, the IFE is a portable movie player that plugs into that charger, but you might not have noticed it because they moved it to a strange place (behind where the movie player attaches in the seatback).

AA is one of the best airlines when it comes to power outlets. Most MD80s have them on a majority of the rows, and other planes have a generous amount of them. They key, of course, is consulting seatguru.com and then picking your seat!


User currently onlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5785 times:



Quoting DFW13L (Reply 4):

All AA first/business class compartments have the ability to charge. In fact, on the AA 763, the IFE is a portable movie player that plugs into that charger, but you might not have noticed it because they moved it to a strange place (behind where the movie player attaches in the seatback).

Ya that needs to be moved for sure haha.

Is it an outlet or a smoking one like in the car? I need an outlet.

Alex



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User currently offlineSeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 805 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5636 times:



Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):
I saw this 747 sitting on the tarmac, anyone know what it is?

Thats the State of Qatar Boeing 747SP.


User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5602 times:

Oh interesting! What was it doing in PHX, do you happen to know?


As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
User currently offlineFuturesdpdcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5162 times:



Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 7):
Oh interesting! What was it doing in PHX, do you happen to know?

I don't know but I saw it there last Monday, the 9th when I was flying thru PHX.


User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5121 times:

My brother told me he thought he heard that one of the heads of state was in PHX, presumably at the Mayo clinic, for some sort of hospital treatment


As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
User currently offlineBoeinglover24 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 305 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5066 times:

Nice Trip Report and Nice Mac Casey!
And just buy spare batteries but i can definately see the hassle
i bet a lot more people would be facing a.net chat once more carriers get wifi
and WeLcOmE : )



Uhhh What?
User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 5036 times:



Quoting DeltaT7 (Reply 7):

Great first report Casey!!! Maybe I'll get lucky in my first flight on the dark side (WN) in what has to be at least 10 years. Ugh... It's pretty awesome that it's free, though!

As for the 747SP at PHX, I can tell you it's been there at LEAST since the 7th of January when I was there for the Fiesta Bowl. Pretty awesome to see, though!

Again, great job!!!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2174 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4898 times:



Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):

VP-BAT, actually based in Bournemouth, UK IIRC  Smile



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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4823 times:
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Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 5):
Is it an outlet or a smoking one like in the car? I need an outlet.

AA's are cigarette lighter plug in type outlets.

Fun to see the WiFi - yes no power might be a prob on a long flight.


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17004 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

Welcome to A.net

Nice TR

It is actually great with Wifi up there!



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

what are the reg's of these two wifi birds?

User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4643 times:



Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 15):
what are the reg's of these two wifi birds?

Stylo, i'm sorry I didn't get the reg's for either plane  Sad

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 11):
Great first report Casey!!! Maybe I'll get lucky in my first flight on the dark side (WN) in what has to be at least 10 years. Ugh... It's pretty awesome that it's free, though!

Cameron-

I think it's only free because we were testing it out. I highly doubt WN would provide it for free, but we'll see.

P.S. HOOK EM HORNS!

Quoting Boeinglover24 (Reply 10):
Nice Trip Report and Nice Mac Casey!
And just buy spare batteries but i can definately see the hassle
i bet a lot more people would be facing a.net chat once more carriers get wifi
and WeLcOmE : )

Thanks Jan! Had I been an a.net member at the time, I definitely would've been chatting while in the air!



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