You’re about to board a flight to New York… or London… or Tokyo. You’ll be in the air for hours. You’ve got work to finish, you’re stressed, and you already miss your kids.
Not to worry. In-flight connectivity has opened up a whole new world for passengers. You now have Internet access, live TV and the ability to use a phone—all from your seat at 30,000 feet.
Get Onboard. Get Connected.
That business report you desperately need to finish? Take your seat, pull out your tablet, work away, and then email the document to your colleagues back at the office. Or check those last-minute emails you were expecting from your client. If you need to relay an important message to your spouse, or your boss, grab your smartphone and send a text.
When you’re done with your work, watch the news on TV—streamed to your seatback monitor, tablet or phone—to find out what’s going on in the world right now. The guy sitting next to you is having a ball: He’s rooting for his home team in the finals of his favorite soccer league.
Before you close your eyes for some sleep, grab your phone and send a picture message to your family—and get one back of your kids’ smiling faces.
Welcome to the world of in-flight entertainment … and to @Altitude, which tells you all about it.
The @Altitude movement promotes the awareness, development and use of in-flight technologies. Why? So that passengers can be connected on every single flight. Which means they can always be entertained and productive in the air. The @Altitude website provides information on the latest in-flight services and the carriers that offer them. The mission: to help passengers have the most positive experience possible.
Look around this site and you’ll see:
- Services & Technology. This section provides information about available connectivity services and how they work.
- News & Events. You can read the latest industry news about in-flight connectivity.
Connecting in-flight is becoming increasingly common. Globally, more than 2,500 planes are estimated to have connectivity access—and that number is rising rapidly. It’s predicted that more than 6,000 aircraft will be equipped with connectivity by 2015.
The practical benefits for passengers are endless. You can surf the Web, research places you’ll visit on your trip, check on a sick family member, and text flight-status updates to whoever is picking you up at the airport. As you look down on the clouds, look up your friends’ Facebook pages.
And share your experience. Connect with others in this online global community. Go to our @Altitude pages on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #AltitudeConnect to be part of an open forum.
Tell your fellow passengers how you’re enjoying Wi-Fi in the sky. Or what game you’re watching. Or where you’re traveling. Or which airlines have connectivity services like Wi-Fi, live streaming TV and the capability to use phones.
In the coming months, check back often on this site to read guest blogs and learn details about future live events.