July 12 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Internet installation nearly complete on US Airways domestic fleet

By Rick Lundstrom

Installation is complete on 270 aircraft in its Airbus and Embraer 190 fleet along with 58 Embraer 170 and 175 aircraft that operated by Republic Airlines.

"Customer demand for in-flight Internet has remained strong and the expansion of Wi-Fi across our fleet allows US Airways to deliver a product that our customers, especially our most frequent fliers, now look for on-board," said Andrew Nocella, US Airways' senior vice president, Marketing and Planning.

During the expansion process, the airline retrofitted its A321’s with Gogo's ATG-4 technology. The upgraded technology enhances Wi-Fi capacity to the aircraft and increases the data rate for customers as compared with the previous ATG (air-to-ground) technology. All A319 and A320 aircraft are also equipped with ATG-4 technology.  

The expansion of in-flight Wi-Fi is among US Airways' latest cabin service initiatives. In January 2012, the airlined completed First Class installation on 110 US Airways Express regional jets including the Embraer 175 and 170 and Canadair Regional Jet 700 and 900 fleets. The airline also completed installation of the Envoy Suite in Envoy, its international business class, on all wide-body Airbus aircraft during the second quarter of 2012. Equipped with an adjustable seat that reclines into a fully flat bed, the Envoy Suite also features personal in-flight entertainment and a standard 110-volt universal power outlet.

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