Gogo launches in-flight messaging service

Passengers will be able to use WhatsApp, Skype and other messaging apps in-flight
Passengers will be able to use WhatsApp, Skype and other messaging apps in-flight

Aircraft Wi-Fi provider Gogo has introduced a new instant messaging service that allows passengers stay connected while in-flight.

The pass allows flyers to use messaging apps including WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, iMessage on their mobile devices for a small fee (less than US$3 on most flights in the US and Canada).

“We realise that some passengers simply want to continue conversations and stay connected in flight, but don’t necessarily want or need to utilise email or full web browsing,” said Ash El Difrawi, Gogo’s chief commercial officer.

“Our messaging pass is a low-bandwidth solution that is offered at a lower price point than our internet service, making it the perfect solution for passengers who simply want to exchange messages with other app users on the ground.”

The messaging pass can only be purchased on mobile devices on Gogo-connected flights.

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