In-flight Internet

T-Mobile to Offer Customers Free Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi and Free Pizza

T-Mobile to Offer Customers Free Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi and Free Pizza

T-Mobile USA announced that it will offer all customers a free hour of Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi in addition to unlimited texting including iMessage, WhatsApp, and Viber, as well as picture messaging during a flight.
In order to use the free hour, a customer must have a valid E911 address on file and must make one Wi-Fi call before boarding. However, customers who do not have Wi-Fi calling can still access the …

American Airlines Selects High-Speed ViaSat Wi-Fi for New Fleet of Boeing 737 Max Jets

American Airlines Selects High-Speed ViaSat Wi-Fi for New Fleet of Boeing 737 Max Jets

American Airlines announced it will add a third in-flight Internet supplier, ViaSat, when its new fleet of 100 Boeing 737 Max jets begins to go into service in 2017.
The 737s will offer ViaSat’s high-capacity Ka-band satellite system, which is significantly faster than the air-to-ground systems used by most airlines. The Ka-band service allows higher bandwidth communication, although it is more susceptible to a loss of signal strength in rainy conditions.
The …

British Airways to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi to Long-Haul Fleet

British Airways to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi to Long-Haul Fleet

British Airways flights across the pond and elsewhere will no longer be a dead zone when it comes to Wi-Fi.
A deal between British Airways’ parent International Airlines Group and Gogo will add what the airline is calling the “fastest” Wi-Fi service on long-haul flights to 118 aircraft in its fleet. The airline said it plans to offer a basic version of Wi-Fi to passengers at no charge, with a fee …

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 …