American Airlines Is Winning The High-Speed Wi-Fi Race

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American Airlines Is Winning The High-Speed Wi-Fi Race

Tired of dealing with spotty and flat-out abysmal Wi-Fi on flights?

American Airlines now offers high-speed Wi-Fi and live TV on more aircraft than any other airline, after installing satellite connectivity on its entire fleet of more than 700 narrowbody aircraft that mainly fly domestic routes.

Satellite-based Wi-Fi allows passengers to stream video without buffering or interruptions and upload and download files without snafus. Upgraded bandwidth capacity ensures a quality connection even if every passenger accesses inflight internet at the same time.

Additionally, every satellite-equipped aircraft can now stream live TV, giving more customers access to 12 channels on their personal devices free of charge. American is already the only U.S. airline to offer live TV on international flights.

Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for American, said it was a goal to “provide our customers with the same level of entertainment and connectivity options they enjoy in their own living rooms.”

Free live TV on American Airlines
Free live TV is available on American Airlines thanks to satellite Wi-Fi.American Airlines

American’s domestic narrowbody aircraft are equipped with either Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat Ka, which both operate via satellites in the sky instead of towers on the ground.

Once onboard, passengers can connect their devices to American’s Wi-Fi signal and then either purchase internet or watch free live TV or streamed entertainment options.

More good news: American will soon install power outlets and tablet holders at every seat across its mainline fleet. USB power will be positioned next to the tablet holder for easy charging, according to the statement.

Of course, the only thing better than superfast Wi-Fi is free superfast Wi-Fi. Last March, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told Barron’s, “Our goal is to make Wi-Fi free with high-speed quality. It will take another year or two to make that happen.”

Original Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2019/06/17/american-airlines-is-winning-the-high-speed-wi-fi-race/#3a04faef695d

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