US Airways announced today that Verizon Airfone JetConnect(SM) service
will be available on many of its domestic routes beginning Feb. 1, 2004.
US Airways passengers will now have inflight access to e-mail, instant
messaging, text messaging, games, news, sports, weather and more.
Customers using JetConnect can log on and off as many times as they like
for a flat fee. JetConnect with e-mail costs $15.98 per flight, plus $0.10
per KB for attachments and/or data in excess of 5KB per message.
JetConnect without the e-mail feature is available for $5.99 per flight.
US Airways will offer JetConnect on more than 80 of its Airfone-equipped
Airbus aircraft, which are also equipped with power ports at every seat.
“In today`s tech-savvy environment, we recognize that our customers want
to stay connected while traveling,” said B. Ben Baldanza, US Airways
senior vice president of marketing and planning. “With power ports at
every seat, customers on JetConnect flights can stay connected longer
without running down their laptop battery.”
“JetConnect is of particular value to business travelers intent on
boosting inflight productivity, and the move to JetConnect becomes a
valuable service enhancement for US Airways,” said Bill Pallone, president
of Verizon Airfone.
To use the JetConnect service, passengers plug their laptop computers into
the Verizon Airfone handset at their seat. Passengers use routine dial-up
procedures to link to JetConnect and no software downloads or changes to
connection procedures are required.
Verizon Airfone uses Seattle-based Tenzing Communications as its e-mail
Verizon Airfone JetConnect Service Overview * Supports both Windows and
Macintosh users with standard laptops. * $15.98 per flight to send and
receive an unlimited number of e-mail messages. Messages and/or
attachments in excess of 5KB incur an additional cost of 10 cents per KB.
The service includes instant messaging, one-way text messaging, updated
weather, national, international and business news, sports, stock
listings, games, over 100 city guides and airline information. * $5.99 per
flight without the e-mail feature. E-mail accounts available inflight are:
* All personal and corporate accounts that use OWA (Microsoft Exchange
Outlook Web Access) * All ISP and corporate accounts that use POP3 or SPOP
(most major ISPs) * AOL, MSN, Hotmail and Yahoo!
US Airways is the nation`s seventh-largest airline, serving nearly 200
communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers
operate over 3,300 flights per day. For more information on JetConnect on
US Airways, visit US Airways online at usairways.com/jetconnect.
Verizon Airfone, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, began offering
commercial service in 1984 with the introduction of the first cordless
air-to- ground telephone system. Airfone installed the first seatback
telephone in 1987, and the company deployed a nationwide, end-to-end
digital system starting in 1993. Verizon Airfone introduced JetConnect,
the inflight e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging service in 2003,
and is the only inflight connectivity service offering passengers e-mail
on U.S. commercial flights.