American Airlines has launched an inflight wireless broadband service for its passengers, making it the first US carrier to do so.

American Airlines has launched an inflight wireless broadband service for its passengers, making it the first US carrier to do so.

Industry officials say this will greatly increase the airline’s competitiveness as it allows business workers to remain connected with the office while flying, therefore increasing productivity.

Henry Harteveldt, an analyst with Forrester Research, said: “It’s a game-changer. You’re no longer forced to be isolated from what’s going on in your office, with your clients or with friends or family.”

Other passengers marvelled at the speed of the service, which is priced at $12.95 (£6.50) for three hours.

The broadband will be available on around 28 flights per day, with a view to increasing this across the whole domestic fleet, H Douglas Backelin, American Airlines’ manager of in-flight communications and technology said.

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline in terms of passenger miles and offers services to four continents, including flights to India.

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