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Air Canada Begins Equipping N.A. Fleet With Wi-fi Connectivity

Stake their claim as the 1st Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity

"Air Canada continually seeks to enhance the travel experience and that is why we are pleased to be the 1st airline in Canada to offer in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to customers flying over continental North America,” said Benjamin Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer.

“In today's connected world, our customers want to access e-mail, mobile device applications and the internet wherever they are, both to increase their work productivity and expand their leisure options. The introduction of Wi-Fi across our narrow-body North American fleet will be another welcome amenity for customers,” Smith said.

AC presently has 2 Wi-Fi-equipped Airbus 319 aircraft operating in Canada and the U.S. and, subject to a final agreement with Gogo, plans to begin outfitting its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175 aircraft, with Air-To-Ground Wi-Fi connectivity.

The installations are to begin in May with the goal of equipping 29 aircraft in 2014 and a targeted completion date of December 2015 for the designated 130 narrow-body aircraft.

AC says the system offers peak connection speeds comparable to mobile broadband services available on the ground. It says pricing will be competitive with other in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity offerings.

Gogo has also provided AC the opportunity to type-trial 2 satellite-based systems, with the eventual goal of offering Wi-Fi on international flights. These tests are expected to be conducted in 2015.

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