JetBlue Airways was a bit late to install wifi across its fleet, but the New York-based carrier is catching up in a big way.
Airline executives said this week they have added wifi to "slightly over 100" of the airline's 130 Airbus A320 aircraft, with plans to finish that fleet by summer. At year-end, all 13 of JetBlue's Airbus A321s were also wifi equipped, having been delivered with the technology.
JetBlue's Embraer E190s, which fly short routes on the East Coast, will be the last fleet type to be outfitted with wifi. According to the airline's website, no E190s have been retrofitted yet, but that should change soon.
"It's really great when we see flights with 80, 100 customers connected to Wi-Fi," JetBlue president Robin Hayes told Wall Street analysts this week. "I think a game-changer for us over the course of time."
As many of you know, JetBlue gives its standard internet service away for free, but offers a higher-bandwidth option for a fee.
Unlike Delta and American, which rely on ground-based cell towers for domestic coverage, JetBlue uses satellites, so its service is generally faster.