JetBlue’s plans for installation of in-flight WiFi Internet connectivity in its fleet are moving ahead full-steam with recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval and a deal for the installation of the systems on its Airbus aircraft.
The airline’s satellite-based in-flight connectivity and streaming entertainment solution, Fly-Fi, has received FAA certification for installation in Airbus A320 aircraft.
The airline also signed a deal with Washington state based Aviation Technical Service for WiFi connectivity installation on 130 of its Airbus A320 aircraft. Installations on the remainder of the fleet will be done by JetBlue-owned LiveTV.
JetBlue plans to install in-flight WiFi Internet connectivity systems in many of its aircraft by the end of 2013. It plans to install these on its entire Airbus fleet in the next 18 months, followed by installation in its Embraer fleet, according to the airline’s Chief Operating Officer.
LiveTV connectivity offerings include in-flight WiFi Internet connectivity, in-flight TV broadcasts as well as a customizable portal and an on-board streaming content server for customer airlines.