A source with knowledge of the situation says the RFI covers all aircraft types in American’s fleet. Long-range aircraft are also included! You may recall that there was some noise about a Oneworld RFP not so long ago.
American is a customer of Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG)-based connectivity solution. It has equipped a portion of its domestic fleet with the service.
The ATG offering cannot support connectivity on overseas flights (quite obviously).
This is not the first time we’ve heard of carriers mulling – and implementing – in-flight connectivity for regional jets.
Delta Air Lines, which is fitting its entire domestic fleet with Gogo, is understood to be eyeing connectivity for its regional jets. Republic Airways Holdings’ Frontier Airlines unit recently announced plans to equip its E-Jets with in-flight connectivity, while, peculiarly, it continues to mull connectivity options for its A320 aircraft, which are already equipped with JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV’s live television system.
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