Nearly 250 of the regional jets operated on the American Eagle network ‒ into which the US Airways Express regional network will be absorbed as the US Airways name gradually disappears ‒ will have in-flight wireless Internet service installed by 2016.

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United Airlines is planning to offer Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment on more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets and expects its first Wi-Fi-enabled regional jet flights to operate later this year.

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American’s first Airbus A321 is scheduled to enter service early next year on trunk transcontinental routes. The airline is dedicating its initial group of A321 deliveries to transcontinental service, mainly to replace aging Boeing 767-200ERs which the carrier now operates on the routes.

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Delta Air Lines is adding new, on-demand entertainment options to its fleet of more than 950 two-class Delta and Delta Connection aircraft. The Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal will allow customers to stream television and movie options directly to their laptops or tablets while in flight.

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The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for Delta aircraft flying within the domestic U.S.

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With the expansion of in-flight Internet across its Airbus A320-family and Embraer 190 fleets, US Airways will have 90 per cent of its mainline domestic fleet equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access. The service will also be expanded to US Airways Express Embraer 170 and 175 jets operated by Republic Airlines.

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The additions include Delta Connect, a new in-flight portal that will be available exclusively to all customers using Wi-Fi on Delta aircraft; wireless movies and television on demand on Boeing 757-300s; and a more user-friendly design for Airbus A330 in-flight entertainment systems, which includes more content choices.

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American Airlines is expanding ‘entertainment on demand’, the airline’s inflight streaming video product, to approximately 400 Wi-Fi enabled aircraft by the end of 2012.

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According to a recent study conducted by U.S. in-flight connectivity company Gogo, one in five users of the service say they have switched from their preferred airline to be on a flight equipped with in-flight internet.

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American Airlines says it is the first North American carrier to offer in-flight streaming video, which enables customers to stream content such as movies and TV shows wirelessly from an inflight library to select types of Wi-Fi-enabled laptops during flights.

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Gogo says its platform will offer passengers access to online services such as real-time travel information, destination content, news and information, exclusive shopping deals and social-network integration.

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