JetBlue has officially become the first airline that provides wi-fi coverage for its entire fleet of airplanes. The company announced that all continental United States flight passengers will be able to stay connected to the internet for the whole duration of their trip at broadband speeds.
The airline company first introduced a plane with wi-fi coverage back in December 2013. Three years later, JetBlue incorporated the service in all its flying machines, dubbed Fly-Fi. Moreover, apart from the wi-fi service, JetBlue accommodations also include more legroom than other companies provide for their passengers flying coach, DirecTV in all seats, and unlimited snack. Furthermore, the airline also made possible for passengers to stream in-flight movies and TV via Amazon Music and Amazon Prime.
JetBlue takes pride particularly in their internet service’s speeds, which they say can work as better as it would work in passengers’ homes. Furthermore, the company claims that even though competition took notes and started implementing similar services, JetBlue is the first U.S. airline to have equipped all its airplanes with Fly-Fi, giving its passengers the possibility to keep in touch with the online environment from the departure gate to the arrival gate. Hence, the company eliminates the waiting period passengers had to go through before and are now allowed to connect to the internet while the plane has not reached cruising altitude.
“It’s 2017 and our customers expect to be connected everywhere, whether that be from comfort of their sofa or 35,000 feet above it”, said Jamie Perry, JetBlue Vice President.
Similarly, other companies have started providing wireless internet connection to their passenger mid-flight. However, as opposed to JetBlue’s policy, the competition provides poorer services, also for a fee. American Airlines, for example, offers wi-fi services to its passengers, with prices starting at $16 for a daily pass. Customers also have the possibility to either purchase daily or monthly passes. However, wi-fi is available only for passengers who board local flights. In comparison, Southwest also offers wi-fi services, but at half the prices of American Airlines’, and $8 more expensive than JetBlue’s. Hence, the starting price of a daily pass for passengers who go with Southwest starts at $8.
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