Westlake Village-based Row 44 and Alaska Airlines are partnering to launch inflight wireless Internet service.


Privately held Row 44 said Wednesday that it is beginning a trial to test the technology and hopes that its satellite-based broadband system will be fully tested by the airline on a Boeing 737 aircraft next spring.


Alaska Airlines says it plans to eventually equip its entire 114-aircraft fleet with the technology.


Row 44 said it can provide an inflight entertainment and business-focused network to passengers with wi-fi-enabled devices, such as laptops, PDAs, smartphones and portable gaming systems.


Row 44 said the system can function over land, water and across international borders, enabling service throughout the airline's route system in Alaska, the lower 48 states, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.


Alaska and Row 44 said they have been working on the project for two years.

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