Frequent Business Traveler 6/18/2019
American Airlines said Monday that it now offers in-flight Internet on its entire “long-term” mainline narrow-body fleet of aircraft and that it now offers access to high-speed satellite Internet and live television on more aircraft than any other airline.
The world’s largest airline currently operates 964 wide and narrow-body aircraft. Its fleet is a mix of Airbus, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas aircraft as well as narrow-body aircraft from Embraer. Out of the 964, 807 narrow-body planes are considered long-term.
“In less than two years, we completed broadband Internet installation on our entire mainline fleet and we will continue setting new standards in the industry to show our customers we value the time they spend with us,” said Kurt Stache, the airline’s senior vice president for marketing and loyalty.
The Fort Worth-based carrier is currently in the process of installing power outlets at every seat in its mainline fleet as well as on two-class regional jets. In addition, American will install a tablet holder on many of its narrow-body planes to support the viewing of in-flight entertainment.
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American Airlines will soon join the ranks of other major airlines offering a pre-pay option for checked baggage. The program is currently being tested on select domestic flights.
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