JetBlue To Challenge Larger Rivals With Free 20Mbps Wi-Fi On Every Flight By 2016

In another generation or two, fliers who take to the skies will take for granted Wi-Fi access on airplanes. For JetBlue, that reality will come a lot sooner as it aims to be the only U.S. carrier to offer high-speed wireless Internet access on every aircraft by around this time next year, if everything goes to plan.

JetBlue said it's already completed installation of its cleverly named Fly-Fi service on its fleet of more than 150 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. In addition, its first Fly-Fi enabled E190 lifted ground this week. That leaves 59 more E190 aircraft to go, and JetBlue expects to have them all equipped with Fly-Fi by fall 2016.


"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."

JetBlue's Fly-Fi services uses Ka-band technology to deliver Wi-Fi Internet access to customers. Speeds can reach as high as 20Mbps per device, allowing for things like streaming video and other bandwidth-intensive activities.

Towards that end, JetBlue is partnering with Amazon to bring unlimited, on-demand streaming of Amazon Video on its flights. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll be able to stream movies and TV shows in-flight at no additional cost.