American Airlines has announced that customers will have inflight access to Apple Music beginning February 1, 2019. This comes a couple of days after United Airlines announced free live television on 737 aircraft. Passengers aboard Viasat equipped American Airlines aircraft will be able to stream over 50 million songs, provided they already have an Apple Music subscription. If you do not have a subscription, I have good news. You will be able to connect to Wi-Fi at no cost, sign up onboard, and receive free access for three months.
American Airlines has additional initiatives in work:
- Completing Viasat Wi-Fi installation by mid-2019
- Adding free live TV to domestic and international aircraft
- Providing free access to wireless entertainment
- Installing power at every seat on mainline aircraft and two class regional jets
Janelle Anderson, the Vice President of Global Marketing for American, stated the following, “Our customers want to make the most of their time when flying with us. That’s why we are investing in high speed Wi-Fi, the newest movies, live TV and now Apple Music. Providing customers with more ways to stay connected throughout each flight is one way to show we value their business and the time they spend with us.”
This is a cool initiative for American Airlines. Having the option to listen to any artist, at any time during the flight, would keep me occupied during a domestic flight. I like the technological arms race between the domestic carriers, what will they offer next?