By Terri Lynn, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Managing Editor, Oct. 14, 2015 – Talk about a game changer is the world of airlines.
JetBlue Airways today announced that they are on track to become the only US airline with free high-speed Wi-Fi on every aircraft. That’s right! Free WiFi on every plane.
They are calling it Fly-Fi and according to the airline, they were the first to offer all passenger free televisions at every seat and now they will be the first to offer this service free of charge.
Fly-Fi uses Ka-band satellite technology to offer a broadband Internet experience similar to what customers have at home, including the ability to stream video and use multiple devices at once.
JetBlue’s differentiated approach of providing high-speed Internet at no additional cost with a variety of entertainment choices and the ability to stream video is consistent with the airline’s founding mission of bringing humanity back to air travel. When JetBlue launched, it revolutionized inflight entertainment by introducing seatback televisions with free live programming — a popular feature that remains today.
“Soon every JetBlue customer will step onboard knowing their aircraft is equipped with free, fast Internet and entertainment, the same way they expect our friendly service and the most legroom in coach,” said Jamie Perry, vice president of brand and product development, JetBlue. “Our Fly-Fi model has proven that there is a way to offer customers more without adding extra costs to their travel.”
These milestones come as JetBlue and Amazon prepare to bring unlimited, on-demand entertainment with the upcoming launch of Amazon Video onboard, giving Amazon Prime members instant streaming access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes in-flight, at no additional cost with their membership.
With speeds up to 20 mbps per device, Fly-Fi has enabled JetBlue to offer more in-flight entertainment than any other US airline. JetBlue’s game-changing collaborations with Amazon, MLB at Bat, and The Wall Street Journal use real Internet streaming to exponentially expand the content available at 35,000 feet in the air.
JetBlue is and a leading carrier in Boston, New York, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan and carries more than 32 million customers a year to 91 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 875 daily flights. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.