American Airlines has this week revealed plans to extend it’s wi-fi offering to nearly 500 of it’s regional aircraft.
It is understood this is part of a plan to extend it’s relationship with Intelsat, meaning if this comes into effect, the offering will be on up to 1,400 aircraft.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
American Airlines Extends Wi-Fi Offering to 500 Regional Aircraft…
“American currently makes high-speed Wi-Fi available on more than 900 mainline aircraft, with the objective to bring the total number of satellite-connected aircraft to more than 1,400 once the planned updates to regional aircraft are complete.”
“Inflight connectivity technology continues to evolve rapidly across the airline industry. Intelsat’s Electronically Steered Array (ESA) antennae is unique because it is multi-orbit, interoperating on both Intelsat’s family of geo-stationary satellites and on a constellation of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, providing low latency high-speed internet connection to American’s customers.”
“This new technology will allow these regional aircraft to match fast Wi-Fi speeds that are currently available on American’s mainline aircraft.”
“With the planned purchase of this new technology, [the airline] is reinforcing its commitment to provide a consistent and connected experience for customers on all of American’s connectivity-equipped flights with the ability to stream, browse, check email and even log onto VPN while inflight.”
All eyes will be on the carrier to see how this expansion goes, especially in the context of providing a better passenger experience onboard as a result of this extended wi-fi offering.
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