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US Airways goes high-tech

US Airways planes boast gogo wifi
US Airways planes boast gogo wifiUS Airways

US Airways is unveiling a string of enhancements that should make the travel process smoother for Charlotte-area customers. The first is the beta test of a mobile version of its website USAirways.com. US Airways is the last of the legacy airlines to launch an app, which it says is still in the works.

The mobile site is a great workaround, for now, as it loads the carrier's website in a faster, more user-friendly fashion to a smart phone. Functions on the mobile site include booking flights, checking in for flights, and looking up live flight status information. Other popular features allow frequent flyers to check in on their accounts, look up flight schedules, and research airports to find out where the nearest US Airways Clubs are located.

US Airways is completely equipping its entire Airbus fleet with Gogo ATG-4 wireless service, which is nearing completion. This will complete a multi-year project that has had customers choosing flights based on aircraft. Now, all 246 A319s, A320s, and A321s in US Airways’ mainline fleet will have wireless capabilities.

Additional upgrades are in store for the Airbus fleet. US Airways is equipping the aircraft with Gogo Vision, which streams movies and television programs. This will occur gradually over the years as the Airbus fleet is maintained or upgraded, but it will not affect customers' ability to access the Internet.

Part of the upgrade includes the completion of Gogo Wi-Fi system installation on the Embraer E-190s, E-175s, and E170s of Republic Airlines under the Express brand.
On aircraft of the "new American Airlines," Gogo service is available on much of its Boeing 767-200, 737, 757, and MD-80 fleet. It is not as widespread as US Airways fleet coverage, however.

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