JetBlue announced that it will provide free Wi-Fi access on all of its aircraft. The service, which launched in 2013, and offers speeds between 12-15Mbps (although those speeds may dip if everyone is streaming Netflix), and it’s available at every seat, it’s far exceeding the usual GoGo Inflight experience found on most airlines these days.
Along with installation on all of its planes, JetBlue has been adding in-flight streaming service partners, including the Amazon Video, part of a partnership between the two companies that lets non-Prime members shop through Amazon’s offerings, while the Prime members get access to the usual content. A pretty good way for the Amazon to get its hands on a captive audience.
‘It’s 2017 and our customers expect to be connected everywhere, whether that be from the comfort of the sofa or 35,000 feet above it,’ JetBlue vice president of marketing, Jamie Perry, said in a statement. ‘That is why we’re so proud that JetBlue is now the only airline to offer free, high-speed Wi-Fi, and live TV, and movies for all customers on every plane.’
Given that inflight Wi-Fi usually costs around $20 on most major airlines, JetBlue is stepping into unchartered territories. It remains to be seen if any of the competitors will follow their lead, but for now you can stay connected on JetBlue flights and save a few bucks at the same time.
While the most airlines require its aircraft to reach cruising altitude before making Wi-Fi connectivity available, JetBlue’s system is online from the minute passengers step on board to the moment they deplane.