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American to test in-flight Internet access

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)  Passengers on two American Airlines flights will be able to test in-flight Internet access -- beginning tomorrow.

Fort Worth-based American says broader service is expected to begin in the next couple weeks.

Airlines are facing record high fuel prices as they look to entertainment and information services as ways to make money.

American's technology partner, Aircell, will charge $9.95 to $12.95 for Internet service, depending on flight length. Aircell and American share the revenue.

The test will begin on one flight from New York's Kennedy Airport to Los Angeles, and another going back to New York.

Internet service on those two test flights will be free. American will begin charging for Internet service soon on its Boeing 767-200 jets that fly from New York to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

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