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American Airlines announced today that it plans to add high-speed Wi-Fi to nearly 500 of its two-class, regional aircraft. The Dallas-based carrier already offers this on more than 900 mainline aircraft and it wants to bring the total number of satellite-connected aircraft to more than 1,400 once the update is complete over the next two years.
Inflight connectivity is evolving rapidly across the airline industry. Intelsat’s Electronically Steered Array (ESA) antennae is a unique, multi-orbit antennae that interoperates on both Intelsat’s family of geo-stationary satellites and on a constellation of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. This provides low latency, high-speed internet connections to American’s passengers.
Earlier this year, American became the first carrier to offer streaming capability on 100% of its mainline fleet. Customers can watch videos from streaming platforms and Intelsat will take streaming capabilities even further with the ability to stream, browse, check email, and even use a VPN while inflight.
Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines announced plans to bring free Wi-Fi to its regional jets. Soon, those traveling short-haul routes on Delta’s Boeing 717, Embraer E170, Embraer E175, Canadair CRJ-700, and Canadair 900 aircraft will have access to free Wi-Fi and Delta Sync from satellite connectivity provider Hughes. New Wi-Fi equipment will be added to more than 400 aircraft starting in mid-2024. These aircraft will also receive the new Delta Sync Wi-Fi login experience as new systems are installed. This will provide a familiar and consistent experience while traveling with Delta.
Anthony’s Take: In-flight Wi-Fi went from being a nice addition to a must have when traveling. I generally find Delta’s Wi-Fi to be reliable (more so than United) and I’m glad to see both carriers expanding their offerings to the smaller, regional aircraft.
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