JetBlue weeks away from launching wi-fi on board

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New York-based JetBlue is weeks away from rolling out the launch of its on-board wi-fi product, called Fly-Fi.

The airline's chief commercial officer Robin Hayes says during JetBlue's earnings call today that the airline is in the final stages before roll-out. "We are literally just weeks away from commercial launch," says Hayes.

Hayes says the airline has one Airbus A320 fitted with the technology, and will equip its entire A320 fleet in 2014. This will be followed by the Embraer 190 fleet, which will be behind by about nine months. JetBlue will have 85% of its available seat miles covered by Fly-Fi by end-2014, and the entire fleet will be covered in mid- to late-2015, says Hayes.

The airline experienced a delay in certifying the wi-fi system to be used on its A321s due to the US government shutdown earlier this month and has said the process could be lengthy.