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May 8, 2012

Transaero to Wire Planes With Row 44 WiFi System

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A Transaero Boeing 737-400 (EI-CXK) lands at Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

In-flight broadband provider Row 44 will soon wire Transaero’s narrowbody and Boeing 767 fleets, allowing passengers to pass time online while traveling within Russia and abroad.

The Moscow-based carrier currently operates about 34 narrowbodies (31 Boeing 737s and 3 Tupolev Tu-214s) and 14 Boeing 767s (11 -300ERs and 3 -200ERs), according to Planespotters.net data. It was not immediately clear if all of those planes would get the WiFi treatment.

Transaero becomes Row 44’s fourth major airline partner, joining Southwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Mango Airlines.

California-based Row 44 uses a network of satellites to provide broadband Internet access. Aircraft connect to the satellites through a satellite transceiver fitted to the top of the fuselage, and passengers connect via their personal wireless devices.

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