Air Canada has begun offering satellite connectivity on its wide-body international fleet with the introduction of Air Canada Wi-Fi provided by Gogo.
Starting with flights operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the new service is touted as being the fastest available on any Canadian airline and makes AC the first Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to stream TV and movies in-flight through the internet.
"Air Canada customers on international wide-body flights will have access to the fastest internet service available on any Canadian carrier,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines. “The speed and reliability of Air Canada Wi-Fi 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."
Air Canada Satellite Wi-Fi is now available on the airline's Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and on Air Canada Rouge's narrow-body fleet. The entire AC and AC Rouge wide-body fleet – including the Boeing 777-200LR, 787-8/9 and Airbus 330 and AC Rouge Boeing 767-300ER – is scheduled to be equipped with the system by mid-2019.
Customers can choose from a selection of Wi-Fi packages to suit their needs and A introductory pricing starts at $5 on the airline's Boeing 777-300ER fleet until 31AUG. 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 AC Rouge Airbus narrow-body fleet, AC and Air Canada Express also offer customers Wi-Fi connectivity through a ground-based system provided by Gogo on its narrow-body Airbus A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft travelling within North America.
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