Air Canada has begun offering Gogo 2Ku inflight connectivity on its wide-body international fleet, starting with flights operated by its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
It claims the new service will be the fastest available on any Canadian airline and makes Air Canada the first Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to stream TV and movies in-flight through the internet.
Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada, said: “Customers on international wide-body flights will have access to the fastest internet service available on any Canadian carrier.
“Air Canada Wi-Fi will make traveling more enjoyable whether you’re connecting with family and friends, watching a favourite movie or TV programme on the internet, or scrolling through your social media feeds.
“The speed and reliability of will also make it an excellent productivity tool for business travellers, 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.”
Satellite-based Wi-Fi is now available on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and on Air Canada Rouge’s narrow-body fleet.
The entire Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge wide-body fleet – including the Boeing 777-200LR, 787-8/9 and Airbus 330 and Rouge Boeing 767-300ER – is scheduled to be equipped with the system by mid-2019.
Customers can choose from a selection of inflight connectivity packages to suit their needs and the airline is offering special introductory pricing for the service starting at $5 on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet until August 31, 2018.
Customers can determine if a flight has Wi-Fi available by an icon displayed at time of booking or, for upcoming flights, by consulting www.aircanada.com/wifi.
In addition to the satellite connectivity available on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and the Air Canada Rouge Airbus narrow-body fleet, the airline also offers customers Wi-Fi connectivity through an air-to-ground inflight connectivity system provided by Gogo on their narrow-body Airbus A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft travelling within North America.