New inflight entertainment system features Internet connectivity
CALGARY, July 28, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it has begun rolling out its new inflight entertainment
system featuring wireless Internet connectivity and more than 450
movies and television programs. Called WestJet Connect, the system will
be activated on all of WestJet's Boeing 767ER aircraft and more than 30
per cent of WestJet's Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by end of
2015, with installations on the majority of the 737 fleet expected to
be completed in 2016.
"The launch of WestJet Connect is an important next step in the
evolution of our guest experience," said Bob Cummings, WestJet
Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "Business travellers will
appreciate Internet connectivity with global reach that's not limited
to terrestrial towers over land; they have the opportunity to be
constantly in contact anywhere in WestJet's world. WestJet Connect is
also a great solution for our leisure travellers. Personal electronic
devices have become universal and our guests now have access to
hundreds of movies and TV shows right to their own device, which will
make travelling with the whole family a breeze. Also, our live
television channels will enable business and leisure travellers to stay
in touch with real-time business and other news."
Mobile devices and tablets using either iOS or Android operating systems
will need the latest version of the WestJet app prior to boarding.
Guests will also be able to access WestJet Connect using their laptops.
Tablet rentals will be available on flights longer than three hours and
20 minutes for guests who do not have their own device. The WestJet app
will take guests to the WestJet Connect home page where they can begin
accessing content. Seats on WestJet Connect-equipped aircraft have
110-volt and/or USB power outlets, allowing guests the opportunity to
charge or power their devices.
At launch, WestJet Connect will feature 85 movies and 329 TV programs,
including expanded content in French. Content will be refreshed on a
monthly basis and will be offered at no charge for an introductory
period. The system's Internet connectivity will be available at an
introductory price of $7.99 plus applicable taxes for the duration of
"WestJet Connect will continue to evolve in the months and years ahead,"
said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Senior Vice-President, Marketing and
Digital. "We look forward to adding more movies and live satellite TV
channels, as well as a three-dimensional moving map, games, books and
electronic magazines including, of course, WestJet Magazine."
Once installation is complete, WestJet Connect will be available on all
WestJet flights operated on Boeing Next-Generation 737s or 767ER
aircraft. For more information on WestJet Connect, please visit westjet.com.
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