Alaska Airlines to adopt satellite-based WiFi
Alaska Airlines will use the satellite-based Gogo 2Ku WiFi solution for its integrated Alaska and Virgin America fleets.
2Ku, which Gogo says offers a bandwidth of 70 megabits per second, will replace Gogo’s much slower air-to-ground WiFi service on the entire Alaska-branded fleet of Boeing 737s. On a portion of Virgin America’s Airbus fleet, it will replace the popular Ka-band service offered by the satellite company Viasat and used most famously by JetBlue.
Delta Air Lines is breaking new ground for U.S. airlines.
The carrier announced Tuesday that it will offer video chat services with its reservations team at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. A first for U.S. airlines, the pilot program features five interactive digital screens accompanied by individual receivers at the Delta Sky Assist area.
Icelandair will make Cleveland its newest U.S. destination, a move that would give that city its first non-stop link to a European airport in nearly a decade.
Icelandair on Tuesday announced its intention to fly from Cleveland to its hub at the Keflavik airport near Reykjavik. Connecting itineraries would be available to more than two dozen additional European destinations, including places such as London, Madrid and Paris.
Mandarin Oriental to enter Caribbean with Canouan resort
Mandarin Oriental will enter the Caribbean in November when the luxury resort operator takes over the recently opened Pink Sands Club on Canouan Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Mandarin Oriental Canouan, which is located on the island’s Godahl Beach, will have 38 units, including 26 suites and a dozen three- and four-bedroom villas. All units have ocean views, while the villas will also have private pools.
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