JetBlue Inches Closer to Free Wi-Fi on Every Plane
The JetBlue Airways Corporation announced Wednesday that it was making major headway toward the goal of becoming the first and only air carrier in the United States to offer free Wi-Fi on each plane in its fleet.
JetBlue announced that it had installed Fly-Fi—the company’s complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service—on a fleet that includes more than 150 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. In addition, JetBlue plans to install the Fly-Fi service on all 60 of its E190s by fall 2016.
Upon completion of the E190 installations, the entire JetBlue fleet would be outfitted with free Wi-Fi.
What makes the JetBlue Fly-Fi Internet service so impressive is that it uses Ka-band satellite technology, which will give speeds up to 20 mbps per device. That’s more than enough to stream video and use multiple devices at once.
JetBlue Vice President Jamie Perry released a statement, saying, “Soon every JetBlue customer will step onboard knowing their aircraft is equipped with free, fast Internet and entertainment, the same way they expect our friendly service and the most legroom in coach. Our Fly-Fi model has proven that there is a way to offer customers more without adding extra costs to their travel.”
The airline has been at the forefront of onboard entertainment, and the news about the expansion of Fly-Fi comes on the heels of the new partnership between JetBlue and Amazon Video. Passengers with an Amazon Prime membership will now be able to access the expansive library of content mid-flight.
Additionally, JetBlue’s affiliation with MLB at Bat, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, NatGeo and more will give passengers of all ages something entertaining to do during their flight. Add in free Wi-Fi Internet service, and the airline is striking the right chord with travelers on a tight budget.
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