DeltaT7
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My Trip On One Of WN's Wifi 737's (some Pics)

Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:06 am

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
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Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:37 pm



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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Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:55 pm

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.
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Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:08 pm



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

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Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:42 pm



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!
See, I knew American Eagle was first class all along!
 
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Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:11 pm



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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Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:27 pm



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

Thats the State of Qatar Boeing 747SP.
 
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Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:52 pm

Oh interesting! What was it doing in PHX, do you happen to know?
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:31 am



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.
 
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:04 am

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
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:38 am

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 : )
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:58 am



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!!!

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Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:25 am



Quoting DeltaT7 (Thread starter):

VP-BAT, actually based in Bournemouth, UK IIRC  Smile
 
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:48 pm



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.
 
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RE: My Trip On One Of WN's Wifi 737's (some Pics)

Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:14 pm

Welcome to A.net

Nice TR

It is actually great with Wifi up there!



Thank you for sharing

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RE: My Trip On One Of WN's Wifi 737's (some Pics)

Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:59 pm

what are the reg's of these two wifi birds?
 
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:04 pm



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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