Travellers will be able to click their way onto Air Canada's new WiFi service next spring as the carrier teams with Aircell LLC to install a mobile network.
The Montreal-based airline will start with two 120-seat Airbus A319s, charging $12.95 plus tax for each passenger who connects wirelessly to the Internet while flying between Toronto and two destinations in California - Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Air Canada then plans to gradually roll out Aircell's "Gogo" system across its fleet in North America.
Air Canada won't be enabling "cellphone voice usage," arguing that the cabin in the sky is one the "last bastions of solitude" away from being bombarded by cell conversations in everyday life.
Internet to take to skies with Air Canada - Globe and Mail - September 10, 2008