Thursday, April 10, 2014

Air Canada Wi-Fi to be Available Across North America

Air Canada is introducing Wi-Fi access to dozens of its aircraft beginning in May, with the aim of making wireless internet available on 130 of its narrow-bodied, North American aircraft by the end of 2015.

Email, internet and mobile device apps will be made available on 29 aircraft this year, Air Canada announced Tuesday, making it the second Canadian airline to recently announce Wi-Fi services on flights. Calgary-based WestJet Airlines said in February it will start offering wireless aboard by the end of 2014.

 Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said its service will be comparable to mobile broadband available on the ground
Prices not finalized
Fitzpatrick said the price hasn't been worked out yet, but could include packages that involve buying access for a certain number of weeks or flights, or as a bundle available in the higher-fare classes.
"It's mostly aimed at business traffic, because they're the heaviest users," Fitzpatrick said.
The service, offered by the Illinois-based company Gogo, is a ground-to-air service and will therefore be available on flights within North America. Gogo will test satellite connections with international flights in 2015, Fitzpatrick said.
Air Canada already offers Wi-Fi on two Airbus 319 aircraft, and plans to outfit its remaining Airbus A319, A320, A321, Air Canada Express CRJ-705, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175 aircraft with an air-to-ground Wi-Fi connection

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