US Airways is expanding its Gogo Wi-Fi in-flight Internet service to its fleets of Airbus A319, A320 and Embraer 190 aircraft.
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.
In addition to extending in-flight Wi-Fi on more flights, US Airways announced that it will launch Gogo Vision, a streaming video product that will allow passengers to watch movies and television shows on their own Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Gogo Vision will be available through a new multimedia platform that will give passengers access to movies, TV shows, games, destination content, news and exclusive shopping deals. Movies and TV shows will remain accessible for viewing even after the customer has landed – movies for 24 hours and TV shows for 72 hours.
Unexpired rentals will be available for playback on the ground using the same device and browser used on board. Gogo Vision entertainment will range from $0.99 to $5.99, separate from the cost of Wi-Fi service.
US Airways is scheduled to begin the expansion of Gogo Wi-Fi on its own and Republic’s Embraer E-Jets this summer and US Airways’ own Airbus A320-family aircraft in the fall of 2012, and expects to complete installation by the end of 2013.
Currently US Airways’ Airbus A321s are equipped with Gogo’s air-to-ground (ATG) technology. During the expansion process, these aircraft will be retrofitted with Gogo’s ATG-4 technology.
The upgraded technology will enhance Wi-Fi capacity on the aircraft and significantly increase the data rate for customers, compared with the current technology. All Airbus A319s and A320s will be equipped with ATG-4 technology during installation.
Customers will have access to Gogo Vision on US Airways’ Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s following the installation of ATG-4 technology.
Visit www.usairways.com/wifi to learn more and track the airline’s Wi-Fi installation progress.