JetBlue Announces Fly-Fi, Inflight Wi-Fi

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It’s no secret that Wi-Fi is a hot commodity when it comes to air travel. Frequent and casual fliers alike love the idea of having the ability to connect to the Internet during a flight, giving them the opportunity to stream Netflix or check into “The Sky” on Foursquare.

\"JetBlueThose travelers are in luck, because JetBlue is developing the first inflight broadband service via a partnership with ViaSat. Today, at the company’s annual Analyst Day, JetBlue announced some of the project’s recent developments.

First-up – an official name. JetBlue’s inflight Wi-Fi service will be known as Fly-Fi.  The company claims that Fly-Fi will be the fastest in-flight wireless experience, according to an official blog post from the company.

Users can expect jetBlue to offer its first flight with Fly-Fi connectivity this year, but the company warns there could be some roadblocks with getting the proper permitting from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“There’s still a lot of testing to be done before the FAA, signs off, and our customers start seeing it on their JetBlue flights,” the post read.

JetBlue is currently running ground tests and plans to begin installing the system on its first aircraft “soon,” at which point the extensive certification process with the FAA begins.

The company also announced it will begin offering a premium transcontinental product with a target launch date in 2014, and said it is looking to grow its service in South Florida.



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