NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 11, 2013) (REUTERS) - JetBlue Airways launched its in flight high-speed internet product on Wednesday (December 11) in New York. The broadband internet service called "Fly-fi" is the first airline internet services using Ka-band satellite connectivity, and promises to deliver real broadband speeds that travelers are used to at home.
Also on board the flight were a handful of journalist and technology experts, who were eager to test the speed limits of the service.
During Fly-fi's beta-period that will run through June 2014, JetBlue will offer the basic service called "Simply Surf" for free. Simply Surf will be fast enough for basic web surfing, but for activities that require more bandwidth such as live video streaming and movie downloads, it offers "Fly-fi Plus."
"If you're flying coast to coast, JFK to California, that's six hours at nine dollars an hour. It's quite expensive. For the free service which works pretty well with the exception of streaming it's a great offering, definitely," he said.
"Once the cat is out of the bag, we don't have an excuse: 'Oh, I will be on the plane for six hours, you can't reach me.' It used to be a very safe refuge, and it's slowly losing that ability. It's no longer a refuge it's just another place to work," he said.