US Airways announced today that Verizon Airfone
JetConnect 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 todayís 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
"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
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