American Airlines Bringing High-Speed Wi-Fi to Regional Aircraft
American Airlines has revealed plans to make high-speed connectivity available on even more aircraft. Over the next two years, the airline intends to provide customers a consistent and connected inflight experience through the forthcoming introduction of high-speed Wi-Fi on the dual-class regional aircraft operated on its behalf.
American is working to extend its relationship with Intelsat with the plan to install new high-speed Wi-Fi capability on nearly 500 regional aircraft beginning next year.
American currently makes high-speed Wi-Fi available on more than 900 mainline aircraft. The Fort Worth-based airline plans to bring the total number of satellite-connected aircraft to more than 1,400 once the planned updates to regional aircraft are complete.
Inflight connectivity technology continues to evolve rapidly across the airline industry. Intelsat’s Electronically Steered Array (ESA) antennae is unique because it is multi-orbit, interoperating on both Intelsat’s family of geo-stationary satellites and on a constellation of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, providing low latency high-speed internet connection to American’s customers.
The new technology will allow these regional aircraft to match fast Wi-Fi speeds that are currently available on American’s mainline aircraft. With connectivity-equipped flights passengers have the ability to stream, browse, check email and even log onto VPN while inflight.
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