Although this year for passengers there’s less legroom and a fee to check a bag, JetBlue will soon offer one perk that no other airline is offering: free Wi-Fi on all of its flights.
The airline announced Wednesday it had completed equipping just under three-quarters of its fleet with Fly-Fi — a satellite broad band Internet technology — and by next fall, all of its planes will offer the free Wi-Fi service.
“Our Fly-Fi model has proven that there is a way to offer customers more without adding extra costs to their travel,” said Jamie Perry, JetBlue’s vice president of brand and product development.
Boasting up to 20 mbps per device at 35,000 feet, Fly-Fi will allow passengers to to stream videos — such as Netflix and Hulu — and browse the internet similar to what customers have at home, the airline said in its release.
While Virgin Airlines will also be offering Wi-Fi with similar speeds in its entire fleet by early next year, the airlines plans to introduce a pricing plan for the service in 2016. Virgin introduced the service in July for free trial period on 10 of its planes.
In addition, JetBlue announced its partnership with Amazon to bring on-demand entertainment, dubbed Amazon Video, which will allow Amazon Prime members to stream TV shows and movies inflight as part of their paid membership.