A big news for all the passengers of American airlines that airline has finished rolling out satellite-based broadband WiFi to its entire mainline. It includes about 700 aircraft including the Boing 737s and Airbus A319 and 320 that typically fly the company’s domestic routes. We all know that American airlines is the world’s largest airline by fleet size and passenger traffic.
Passengers will also get access to 12 free channels of live TV, offered by all of these satellite-equipped planes, and can also stream these to their personal device. Traditionally, this option was not available in international flights but now you can enjoy this option also on your international flight. Having access to fast and reliable WiFi on flight can often make a huge difference, if you need to get work done.
Some of the oldest MD-83 of the American airlines is not in this count. They are currently being phased out for more modern jets, so they will never get a WiFi upgrade.
Satellite systems have the obvious advantage on the earlier ground-based systems. Satellite-based systems that use either Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat Ka is being used by the American airlines. A larger coverage area including over oceans and more consistent connectivity is offered by the satellite system. Significantly faster connections are also allowed by these new satellite-based systems.
According to the Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for American, company’s main goal is elevating the travel experience. They work hard to provide the same level of entertainment and connectivity options to the customers they enjoy in their own living rooms. He further added:
In less than two years, we completed broadband internet installation on our entire mainline fleet and we will continue setting new standards in the industry to show our customers we value the time they spend with us\
Furthermore, American will update its mainline fleet, as well as its two-class regional fleet with a new thing which is that it will bring power outlets to every seat. Most of the in-seat entertainment systems is also removed by the American and most of its competitors. They are more likely in favor of personal device entertainment that is streamed to your phone or tablet. Most of its narrow body fleet will also soon get tablet holders as well.
A drawback about which we are concern that, American doesn’t offer free WiFi access to chat apps or even free WiFi in general. But, we agree that a consistent WiFi product is clearly a step-up. However, some other airlines offers this as well. Delta, one of the American’s competitors, is currently in the process of updating most of its fleet to satellite-based systems.