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Air Canada is testing an in-flight Wi-Fi service from Aircell on its flights between Toronto and Los Angeles and Montreal and L.A. From now until Jan. 29, passengers can plunk down $9.95 per flight to surf on a laptop and $7.95 to access the Internet on […]

Air Canada is testing an in-flight Wi-Fi service from Aircell on its flights between Toronto and Los Angeles and Montreal and L.A. From now until Jan. 29, passengers can plunk down $9.95 per flight to surf on a laptop and $7.95 to access the Internet on smaller devices such as a smartphone or WiFi-enabled media players like the iPod touch. AirCell also provides its GoGo in-air Wi-Fi service on Delta and American Airlines flights in the U.S.

And because Aircell currently only has regulatory approval and the antenna coverage that enables airlines to offer Wi-Fi in the U.S., Air Canada passengers can only get their Wi-Fi fix when flying over U.S. soil. Perhaps that accounts for the slight discount on Air Canada’s prices for Wi-Fi when compared to American’s charge of $12.95 for in-flight access.

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  1. While I’m happy to see Air Canada testing an in-flight Wifi service, a two-tier pricing strategy seems somewhat archaic. They also appear to be the only airline providing Aircell that adopted that model. I tend to use my Netbook on the plane — does that make me a laptop a “smaller device” which qualifies me for the lower rate.

    Air Canada seems to thrive on complexity.

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  2. Awesome, so I can surf the web for what will likely be an extortionate price because the video screens don’t work (again), the air vents aren’t working, the bathroom is broken and the only food available are stale Subway sandwiches for 3 times the normal price.

    But of course, this is what will finally turn the airline around! Congrats fellas, we’ll be proud to bail you out again in 2010.

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