If you’re a frequent traveller on Air Canada, starting in May the airline will start rolling out in-flight Wi-Fi on their North American flights, under an agreement with Gogo, which also includes future type-testing on international flights.
Air Canada has been testing Wi-Fi on two Airbus 319 aircrafts which operate in Canada and the U.S. Subject to final terms with Gogo, the following plans will be retrofitted for Wi-Fi:
- Airbus A319, A320 and A321
- Embraer 190 fleet types
- Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175 aircraft
Installations are set to begin in May with the goal of setting up Wi-Fi on 29 planes this year, with completion set for December 2015. There’s no word on pricing, other than it “will be competitive with other in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity offerings.”
Air Canada says Gogo is also providing their two satellite-based systems, the Gogo 2KU and Inmarsat GlobalXpress KA-band solutions for type-trial.
Last fall, WestJet announced it would launch Wi-Fi on its flights, with a launch set for late 2014. Air Canada is touting itself as the “First Canadian Airline to Offer Customers Wi-Fi Connectivity on board Aircraft across North America.”
Yesterday Air Canada also updated their iOS app with bug fixes and performance enhancements.
Are you excited to use Wi-Fi while in the air?