In-flight Internet

Air Canada to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi on International Flights

Air Canada to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi on International Flights

Air Canada announced that it plans to offer in-flight Internet on international flights.
The carrier, in partnership with Gogo, will begin installing the company’s 2Ku system on its entire international fleet of wide-body aircraft this fall, beginning with its Boeing 777s.
Gogo’s 2Ku system offers speeds of a minimum of 70 Mbps to the aircraft, seven times faster than Gogo’s fastest air-to-ground network.  It uses two Ku-band connections to send and receive …

Gogo Adds Inexpensive Option for In-Flight Messaging

Gogo Adds Inexpensive Option for In-Flight Messaging

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo announced on Thursday a new option for air travelers who only want to use messaging services during flights.
The Gogo Messaging Pass will support a variety of messaging apps including Apple iMessage, Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp and is usable only on mobile devices. It does not support other functions such as e-mail or web browsing.
The price for the messaging pass is under $3 according to Gogo and …

WestJet to Launch New In-Flight Internet and Entertainment System

WestJet to Launch New In-Flight Internet and Entertainment System

WestJet announced that it began installing its new in-flight entertainment system on its fleet.  The system, called WestJet Connect, will feature wireless Internet connectivity and over 450 movies and television programs on demand.
The carrier said that it will have WestJet Connect installed on its entire Boeing 767-300ER fleet, as well as more than 30% of its Boeing Next Generation 737s by the end of this year.  The rest of its …

JetBlue to Offer Live Major League Baseball Games on Flights

JetBlue to Offer Live Major League Baseball Games on Flights

JetBlue Airways announced the beginning of a new partnership with Major League Baseball. The agreement will allow JetBlue passengers to watch live Major League Baseball regular season games at no charge while in flight using either a dedicated app or JetBlue’s Fly-Fi Hub portal.
Travelers can watch the games by first accesing the Fly-Fi Hub and then selecting mlb.tv if using a laptop or, on smartphones and tablets, by launching the …

Virgin America to Offer Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi Come Fall

Virgin America to Offer Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi Come Fall

Virgin America announced plans on Tuesday to offer a significantly faster in-flight Wi-Fi experience than it currently offers.
The new service will utilize technology from ViaSat, the same company that provides JetBlue’s Fly-Fi service, and will be installed in ten new Airbus A320 planes that will be delivered starting in September.
ViaSat will provide a hybrid Ku/Ka service that will give Virgin America’s flights to Hawaii Internet service while over the Pacific …

Gogo Introduces New Loyalty Program

Gogo Introduces New Loyalty Program

Gogo announced it will launch a new customer loyalty program this July.
The program allows customers to receive free SwiftBroadband equipment packages, which provide voice and data services over most of the world, both on the ground and in the air.
To qualify, customers must activate a new five-year SwiftBroadband service contract with Gogo at an authorized Gogo dealer by March 31, 2016.
The loyalty program is available to current Gogo customers with …

Gogo Speeds Up Business Aviation Wi-Fi Service

Gogo Speeds Up Business Aviation Wi-Fi Service

Gogo announced plans to bring its faster ATG-4 service to the business aviation market.
ATG-4 will increase peak Internet speeds on the aircraft from up to 3.1 Mbps to up to 9.8 Mbps. The new technology achieves these speeds through the use of an additional directional antenna, a dual modem, and EV-DO Rev. B technology.
The new offering will be marketed as ATG 8000, and first deliveries are expected to take place …