Air Canada announced Thursday it has started offering next-generation satellite connectivity on its wide-body international fleet with the introduction of Air Canada Wi-Fi provided by Gogo.
Launched on Air Canada’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the Wi-Fi service will be the fastest available on any Canadian airline and the only carrier from the Great White North to offer customers the ability to stream TV and movies in-flight through the internet.
Officials revealed the entire company wide-body fleet is scheduled to be equipped with the new Wi-Fi system by the middle of 2019. The airline also plans to offer customers connectivity through a ground-based system on their narrow-body Airbus A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft traveling within North America.
“Air Canada customers on international wide-body flights will have access to the fastest internet service available on any Canadian carrier,” Air Canada president Benjamin Smith said in a statement. “Air Canada Wi-Fi will make traveling more enjoyable whether you’re connecting with family and friends, watching a favorite movie or TV program on the internet, or scrolling through your social media feeds.”
“The speed and reliability of Air Canada Wi-Fi will also make it an excellent productivity tool for business travelers, who will be able to keep in touch and work during their journey so they can stay up-to-date and arrive fully prepared for any meeting or event,” Smith continued.
Passengers will be able to choose from a selection of Wi-Fi packages to suit their needs. The carrier is also offering a special introductory rate for the service, starting at $5 until August 31.
Customers can determine if a flight has Wi-Fi availability by an icon displayed when booking or through company official website.