NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 01, 2014) - JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced that LiveTV received a supplemental type certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Authorization (PMA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), necessary steps in the process of having high-speed Wi-Fi and LiveTV's next generation inflight entertainment system installed on its new fleet of Airbus 321 all-core aircraft. The new LiveTV system, LiveTV 4.0, and JetBlue's inflight Wi-Fi product, Fly-FiTM, will provide customers with a significantly enriched experience.
The Live TV 4.0 system has a larger screen (10.1 inches for the core experience and 15.6 inches for the Mint experience), and additional content options. Through JetBlue's partnership with DirecTV, customers will have access to more than 100 channels of live television with optional closed-captioning, a new TV guide that displays current and upcoming program information, and two additional JetBlue Features, totaling eight features each available with English and Spanish audio tracks. Additionally, JetBlue's SiriusXM satellite radio offering will have an improved home screen where all programming information will be displayed on one screen.
JetBlue also launched Fly-Fi last December on its Airbus 320 fleet, and currently operates 37 Fly-Fi enabled aircraft. The airline is up to 10 A320 Fly-Fi installations per month and is targeting to have its entire Airbus320 fleet complete by the end of 2014.
"We are very excited that LiveTV has received approval from the FAA and we can now commence the next phase in this process -- installing LiveTV 4.0 and Fly-Fi on the other three all-core A321 aircraft, which have been flying since last December," said Jamie Perry, director product development, JetBlue Airways. "The next step is to receive the certification needed for the first A321 Mint aircraft."
JetBlue is known for its free innovative and industry-leading inflight entertainment since the airline took flight in 2000, and with a refreshed core product, true broadband Wi-Fi in the sky and an upgraded entertainment system on larger screens, that innovation will continue. The airline now has one A321 aircraft with LiveTV 4.0 and Fly-Fi installed which re-entered service on April 28, 2014. The remaining three A321 aircraft will undergo LiveTV 4.0 and Fly-Fi installation throughout the spring, with all four A321 core only aircraft expected to be in service with LiveTV 4 and Fly-Fi installed by the end of June.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries 30 million customers a year to 85 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with an average of 825 daily flights. JetBlue was the first U.S. airline to allow customers to use their personal electronic devices throughout all domestic flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.