June 17 2019  |  Connectivity & Satellites

American Airlines rolls out fleet-wide Wi-Fi

By Rachel Debling

American Airlines (AA) has completed the installation of high-speed satellite Wi-Fi on its long-term mainline narrow-body fleet. With this move, AA now offers this service to more guests than any other airline.

More than 400 aircraft have been equipped with either Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat Ka satellite connectivity, providing travelers with upgraded bandwidth and 12 channels of free live TV to their personal devices.

Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for AA, commented on the roll-out in a statement: “Elevating the travel experience is one of our top goals at American and we’ve been working hard to provide our customers with the same level of entertainment and connectivity options they enjoy in their own living rooms. 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.”

Customers can connect to the Wi-Fi on board to purchase internet, watch TV free of charge or take in other inflight entertainment options from AA's complimentary line-up.

Other upgrades coming soon to the AA fleet include in-seat power in its mainline fleet and tablet holders on most of the carrier's narrow-body aircraft.

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