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 will be the fastest available on any Canadian airline and makes Air Canada the first Canadian carrier to offer passengers the ability to stream TV and movies in-flight through the internet.
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 Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge wide-body fleet – including the Boeing 777-200LR, 787-8/9 and Airbus 330 and Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER – is scheduled to be equipped with the system by mid-2019.
Passengers can choose from a selection of Wi-Fi packages to suit their needs and Air Canada is offering special introductory pricing for the service starting at $5 on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet until August 31, 2018.
It is possible to see 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.
Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada:
“Air Canada 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 favorite movie or TV program on the internet, or scrolling through your social media feeds. The speed and reliability of Air Canada Wi-Fi will also make it an excellent productivity tool for business travelers, 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.”
In addition to the satellite connectivity available on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and the Air Canada Rouge Airbus narrow-body fleet, Air Canada and Air Canada Express also offer customers Wi-Fi connectivity through a ground-based system provided by Gogo on their narrow-body Airbus A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft travelling within North America.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million passengers.
Routes: Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Fleet: Air Canada and its Air Canada Express regional partners operate over 200 aircraft. Air Canada itself operates these aircraft:
- 8 Airbus A330
- 15 Airbus A321
- 42 Airbus A320
- 17 Airbus A319
- 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8
- 6 Boeing 767
- 25 Boeing 777
- 35 Boeing 787
- 25 Embraer E190
(Source: aircanada.com at date of writing)
Passenger numbers: In 2017, Air Canada together with its Air Canada Express regional partners carried over 48 million passengers.
Alliance: Star Alliance
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