JetBlue Introduced Sky-Fi In-Flight Internet Connection and New High-Tech Entertainment System

By Staff Writer

Jan 26, 2016 04:00 AM EST

JetBlue Airways announced that it will introduce a restyled airplane cabin to enhance the customers' experience according to today's necessities. JetBlue's A320 will be connected to its own internet connectivity called Fly-Fi, new sophisticated entertainment system, as well as improvement of comfort and space.

Fly-Fi would be the major focus of the airway's new improvement and innovation. The company will provide free Fly-Fi high-speed internet connection during flights to ensure customers stay connected.

According to Business Wire, Fly-Fi is a free wireless high-speed internet service via satellite connection. The service is powered by Thales and ViaSat, with the highest quality streaming internet experience, up to 12-20 Mbps to each device. Not only during flights, customers will be able to use the internet connection before takeoff and after landing, from departure gate to arrival gate. 

In addition to the new in-flight internet connection, JetBlue also introduced its new internet-enabled in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, powered by Thales-STV+ (Streaming TV Entertainment). Skift reported that this new IFE system will offer 10-inch, 1280p, topped with high-definition capable touch screens. Compared to the screen size on JetBlue's current A320, this new IFE will provide almost double the size.

Besides the physical features, JetBlue will also extend the source of their entertainment. The airways will add their now 36 DIRECTV channel to 100 channels, and will also have the capacity to offer more than 300 on-demand movies.

Vice President of Brand and Product Development Jamie Perry stated that the company had realized that travel preferences have changed in the last 15 years, and they are investing in what customers today. "Our new cabin, combined with our award-winning customer service, is a powerful way for us to once again challenge the status quo," he said. Perry also explained that the timing of this will be coinciding with the airline's sixteenth birthday.

According to Android Police, the touchscreen provided in the seat backs of the new JetBlue cabin will be Android-powered. However, the device will not provide Play Store access. In addition to the internet connection and entertainment system, the cabin will also be made more tech-friendly by providing AC power outlets and USB ports.

With all these improvements, JetBlue will become the first domestic airline to launch an in-flight entertainment system with connections from the seat back screens to the aircraft's internet connection for all customers on board. And their features Sky-Fi is at the center of the enhancement, all to keep up with travellers' need in this digital era. 

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