New satellite service on A319s is fastest available on a Canadian carrier
MONTREAL, May 12, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that its leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge, has begun offering high-speed, satellite internet aboard its Airbus A319 aircraft. Air Canada Rouge customers will now have access to the fastest internet service on a Canadian airline, giving them the ability to email, stream video and music, surf the web and more while flying.
"Air Canada was the first Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight connectivity and today, we are pleased to extend this service on Air Canada Rouge. High-speed internet is another great on-board entertainment option for our customers and strengthens Air Canada Rouge's promise to provide a wonderful beginning and ending to any vacation," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Air Canada has been the leader among Canadian carriers in offering its customers in-flight connectivity, beginning with Gogo ground-based service throughout North America. Roll out of Gogo's new 2KU service on all 20 Air Canada Rouge narrow-body A319s will be completed this month. To coincide with the launch, on these aircraft, Air Canada Rouge is also updating its wireless In-Flight Entertainment experience to the next generation of gate to gate, on-demand entertainment and information.
Air Canada plans to complete installation of satellite internet service on all Air Canada Rouge A321 and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft by the end of 2018. Pricing packages will be available so customers can choose a level of service that suits their individual needs.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 93 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 190 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.
About Air Canada Rouge
As Air Canada's leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge has a fleet of 48 aircraft, offering customers a global network of over 100 routes on five continents. With over 1,600 employees, Air Canada Rouge's purpose is to create wonderful beginnings and endings to customer's vacations, every day, on every flight. For more information, please visit: www.flyrouge.com.
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