JetBlue Hits Million Devices Wi-Fi Milestone
JetBlue Airways said Wednesday that over one million devices had connected to its Ka-based Wi-Fi service. In celebration of this, the 140 passengers aboard a flight bound for San Diego International Airport from New York’s JFK International Airport operating on a JetBlue plane with its special Wi-Fi livery were given a total of one million TrueBlue points.
JetBlue launched its Fly-Fi in-flight Internet service last December. The service promises broadband speeds using ViaSat’s Ka-band satellite connectivity, which is significantly faster than the air-to-ground systems used by most airlines. JetBlue’s entire fleet will offer Fly-Fi by the end of 2015.
JetBlue offers two versions of the Fly-Fi service, a free version and a paid version with additional features. In an interview with Frequent Business Traveler last year, a spokesman for ViaSat said that the ViaSat system will deliver a guaranteed 12 Mbps to each user, adding that there is more than sufficient bandwidth to support every single passenger on any given aircraft at that speed.
During the fourth quarter of 2015, JetBlue will launch a content hub where customers can access a wide range of programming from their own personal devices. Fly-Fi is currently available on 70 JetBlue aircrafts.
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CORRECTION – September 26, 2014
The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the free version of the FLy-Fi service was slower than the paid version. The two versions offer the same download speed, according to JetBlue, but the paid version allows users to stream longer videos in addition to what they can do with the free version. The error has since been updated.