American Airways typically does a fantastic job with providing excessive pace Wi-Fi, with the notable exception being regional jets. Effectively, the airline has simply made an thrilling announcement relating to that.
American is upgrading regional jet Wi-Fi
American has introduced that beginning in 2024, the airline shall be putting in excessive pace Wi-Fi on practically 500 regional jets. All two cabin regional jets shall be getting new Intelsat (previously often known as Gogo) excessive pace Wi-Fi, providing speeds just like what you’ll discover on mainline plane, with the flexibility to stream, browse, verify e mail, and log into VPNs.
So we are able to anticipate Wi-Fi upgrades on most American Eagle jets, together with Embraer E175s, Bombardier CRJ-700s, and Bombardier CRJ-900s. This mission is anticipated to be full inside two years, at which level American hopes to have excessive pace Wi-Fi on greater than 1,400 plane.
Right here’s how American describes the know-how behind this new Wi-Fi providing:
Intelsat’s Electronically Steered Array (ESA) antennae is exclusive as a result of it’s multi-orbit, interoperating on each Intelsat’s household of geo-stationary satellites and on a constellation of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, offering low latency high-speed web connection to American’s prospects.
Apparently, American’s announcement about upgrading regional jet Wi-Fi comes simply weeks after Delta made the same announcement, because the airline plans to improve Wi-Fi on 400 of its smallest jets (together with regional jets) as of mid-2024.
Higher regional jet Wi-Fi is lengthy overdue
American has performed a fantastic job with its Wi-Fi service general. The airline has provided excessive pace Wi-Fi on extra planes than Delta for years now (although Delta is catching up), whereas United is a distant third. In fact Delta deserves credit score for providing free Wi-Fi, in contrast to American and United (for that matter, JetBlue deserve essentially the most credit score, for providing it for a decade now).
The key weak level of American’s Wi-Fi scenario is the regional jets, which characteristic the previous Intelsat Wi-Fi. A decade in the past that was acceptable, again when with the ability to ship texts through inflight Wi-Fi was thrilling. However the know-how has improved significantly, and at this level I’d contemplate that Wi-Fi to principally be unusable.
As a lot as I typically take pleasure in flying Embraer E175s, I’ve largely averted these flights on American for conditions the place I valued with the ability to keep linked, because the Wi-Fi virtually fell into the “why hassle” class.
American plans to put in excessive pace Intelsat Wi-Fi on regional jets beginning in 2024, in a mission that must be accomplished inside two years. That is thrilling, as a result of American’s regional jets have actually subpar Wi-Fi at this level. When all is alleged and performed, American ought to have excessive pace Wi-Fi on round 1,400 jets.
What do you make of American upgrading regional jet Wi-Fi?