|WestJet is launching wireless connectivity on its flight routes. Photo: WestJet
[Avionics Today 07-28-2015] WestJet has started rolling out its new In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system featuring wireless In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Called WestJet Connect, the system will be activated on all of WestJet's Boeing 767ER aircraft and more than 30 percent of WestJet's Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by end of 2015, with installations on the majority of the 737 fleet slated for completion in 2016.
"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,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice president of commercial. “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."
Passengers 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.