WestJet begins new IFE system installation

WestJet has begun the roll out of its new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on its fleet of Boeing 767ERs and Next-Generation 737 aircraft.

The new IFE system, called WestJet Connect, will provide internet connectivity and access to 85 movies, and 329 TV programmes, including expanded content in French, to passengers’ personal electronic devices, hosting the latest version of the WestJet app. Tablet rentals will be available on flights longer than three hours and 20 minutes."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, 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."Content will be refreshed on a monthly basis and will be offered complementary for a limited period, with internet connectivity available at an introductory price of US$7.99 plus applicable taxes for the duration of each flight. Seats are equipped with 110-volt and/or USB power outlets.WestJet Connect will be installed on all of WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 767ERs and 30% of Next-Generation 737 aircraft by the end of 2015. The carrier expects installation on the majority of its 737 fleet to be complete in 2016.

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