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may 20 2009

Virgin America adds Wi-Fi fleetwide--for a cost

Sometimes when you're flying at 36,000 feet, you want nothing more than to update your Twitter status, see what hasn't been seen on YouTube, or watch your stock portfolio slowly plummet in real-time.

Virgin America has made that dream a reality by offering the first ever fleet-wide Wi-Fi on any of its 100 daily flights across the U.S.

Although Delta Air Lines has Wi-Fi on about 130 of its aircraft, reports CNNMoney.com, Virgin America's Gogo in-flight Internet is available on its full fleet of 28 planes. Other airlines, such as AirTran, are bucking up to provide Web access to their patrons as well.

Virgin America will cut the red ribbon for this landmark with an air-to-ground Skype video chat with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, May 21 on her show. But you won't see Oprah handing out this Wi-Fi service to guests in her audience. The Gogo service costs $13 during daytime flights over three hours, $10 with daytime flights under three hours, $8 for hand-held devices, and $6 for red-eye flights.

Virgin America makes domestic stops in San Francisco, New York, L.A., Washington D.C., San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Orange County and Boston. The service is available on all its plane types, flights times and routes (877/359-8474, virginamerica.com).

—David Cumming

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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