Southwest Airlines begins fleet-wide Wi-Fi rollout

Having just heard from a source that Southwest Airlines has installed a new Row 44 Wi-Fi radome on a fifth Boeing 737 (N910WN) – the first non-trial aircraft! – I was armed with a question for Row 44 CEO John Guidon at today’s World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) single focus workshop in Universal City, Ca.

Guidon has confirmed that my source is correct, and that a fifth Southwest 737 has been equipped (for a picture of the aircraft with the radome, CLICK HERE). Presumably the radome is to house the Tecom/Qest KuStream 1000 antenna.

Row 44 yesterday announced it has selected the KuStream 1000 for equipage across Southwest’s fleet. I asked Guidon why Row 44 picked the KuStream 1000 over the Aerosat antenna it has used for its trials.

Here is what he said:

“I don’t’ want to comment on why we moved to a different antenna. We learned a lot of stuff as we developed. We felt more comfortable with this choice.”

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