American Airlines is moving to improve Internet on its planes. The goal is to make it about as speedy as it is for most people at home.
The world’s largest airline signed a deal with ViaSat, a satellite Internet provider, to provide high speed service to 100 of its newest planes, the 737 MAX. Boeing is due to start delivering the new jets to American next year.
ViaStat(VSAT) already provides service to United(UAL), JetBlue(JBLU) and Virgin America(VA). Its higher speed allows better video streaming on services such as Netflix(NFLX, Tech30) and Amazon(AMZN, Tech30).
American(AAL) also reached a deal with Gogo(GOGO) to upgrade speeds on 140 of the 560 jets on which GoGo now provides service. The new Gogo service, known as 2Ku, will be available on American’s mainline jets. Only smaller regional jets will continue to have the previous generation Gogo service.