As a part of an try to enhance connectivity on smaller plane, American Airways is putting in high-speed Wi-Fi in its regional plane, which have lengthy struggled with sluggish service.
American Airways is planning to enhance its in-flight Wi-Fi entry on regional jets, permitting passengers to simply examine emails, browse the web or stream movies.
The service stated Thursday it should set up high-speed Wi-Fi on round 500 regional plane beginning subsequent 12 months, as a part of an growth of its relationship with satellite tv for pc providers supplier Intelsat.
Whereas American already has high-speed Wi-Fi out there on 900 mainline plane, the service stated it needed to make sure its prospects had a “constant and related inflight expertise” on its regional plane, with the objective of accelerating the overall variety of satellite-connected plane to greater than 1,400.
The transfer to extend Wi-Fi entry carefully mirrors Delta Air Strains’ initiative to carry streaming capabilities to its regional fleet, starting in mid-2024.
As carriers more and more enhance Wi-Fi throughout their fleets, dependable Wi-Fi entry on regional jets has lengthy been a problem for airways. Putting in high-speed Wi-Fi on smaller regional jets has posed a problem for airways primarily due to the scale and weight of the antennas wanted to attach plane to satellite tv for pc networks.
As an alternative, airways have lengthy relied on slower air-to-ground networks like Gogo Enterprise Aviation — which Intelsat acquired for $400 million in 2020 — for his or her regional fleets. Nonetheless, such networks are solely lively when 10,000 toes above floor.
American stated the set up will enable its regional plane to have the identical Wi-Fi speeds as its mainline fleet.