Spirit Airlines is now online in the sky. The first few planes fitted with the company’s in-flight wifi connectivity offering recently entered service for passenger use, though a formal launch is not expected until later this year.
The company confirmed the system is available to travelers in a recent statement:
We are currently conducting initial, limited Wi-Fi testing on a number of our A321 aircraft. Guests onboard these planes are able to access the Wi-Fi service at a reduced price during this temporary trial period. We look forward to sharing more Wi-Fi updates as our project progresses throughout the year.
The carrier announced plans to install wifi in May 2018, with Thales Inflyt providing the integration services on HughesNet’s Jupiter Ka-band satellites. At the time it hoped to be active fleet-wide by Summer 2019.
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Spirit is not the only customer of the Thales Inflyt satellite internet service. Air Canada also intends to use the solution on its 737 MAX fleet. It is unclear if any of those planes have had the replacement antenna solution installed yet.
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