Spirit Airlines to become first ULCC offering Wi-Fi

Spirit Airlines has signed an agreement with Thales Group to install Wi-Fi on all of its aircraft by summer 2019, becoming the first ultra-low-cost carrier in the Americas to offer Wi-Fi connectivity.

Spirit Wi-Fi is projected to provide service coverage immediately for 97% of Spirit’s routes on entry into service, and the airline will offer the service starting at an average price of $6.50, with a cost range expected to be based on the route and demand.

“We’re thrilled to enhance the in-flight guest experience with the addition of new-generation Wi-Fi,” said Ted Christie, Spirit Airline’s president. “By next summer, every plane in our fleet should be fully equipped to keep our guests connected in the skies. It’s just one of the many investments we’ve made and will continue to make for our guests.”

Thales Group is bringing the Ka-band HTS (High Throughput Satellite) system on-board the aircraft to allow Spirit passengers high-speed web browsing and streaming similar to their connectivity experience at home.

In 2021 the technology will be improved further, with the launch of SES-17, a new satellite operated by SES and built by Thales Alenia Space, which will increase speeds and coverage.

Spirit Wi-Fi is one of the upcoming improvements the airline is planning, as part of its pledge to ‘Invest in the Guest’ and improve the passenger experience.

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