US Airways has become the latest carrier to launch Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet service. The service is currently available on just five US Airways’ planes but will be fully deployed on all 51 A321s in its fleet by June 1.
In addition to US Airways, Gogo is currently available on all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights. It is also available on Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines flights.
Gogo, despite launching on multiple airlines, has been struggling to grow. The performance of the service on many popular routes such as New York-San Francisco has degraded considerably. I frankly think paying $12.95 for an ultra-slow connection for effectively four hours of flight time is a bum deal.
I’m also pretty sure that as the iPad launches and gains in popularity, we are only going to see further depreciation of the connection quality. Aircell recently raised $176 million in funding from an undisclosed group of investors.