An announcement just hit my inbox that Air Canada is the first Canadian carrier to offer inflight Internet access.
The news release was out in early Oct, but Air Canada just announced it in their newsletter.
I think this says something about our culture. We are truly a wireless, connected society now. Thanks to Air Canada, we can still bid on Ebay, blog, buy books from Amazon and send emails while flying the friendly skies.
I can remember back in the day when you could first place phone calls on an airplane – at an incredible cost per minute! The first thing you heard someone say (and I admit it, I said it too) when the person answered was: “Guess where I’m calling from!” …. now it might be guess where I’m blogging from!
As minor a thing as this might seem, it does change how we travel.
Not only is Air Canada the first Canadian airline to to offer WiFi, but YVR has also just announced that they too will be offering free wireless service throughout the terminals. This makes them the first Canadian airport to do so – good job, YVR.
Good for Air Canada. Now, if they could only improve their customer service…..
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a plane and wished I could get some work done on my laptop online.
This announcement reminds me of Toronto’s move to provide free wireless in its downtown core. For those visiting Toronto, here’s the scoop: http://blog.jasontsang.ca/2006/09/free-wifi-in-downtown-toronto.html.