Apple Music Partners With American Airlines for Free Streaming on Many Flights
Apple Music's 50 million paid subscribers won't have to pay for Wi-Fi in order to stream music, podcasts and videos on many American Airlines flights beginning Friday, it was announced today (Jan. 30).
The perk, a first between Apple and a commercial airline, will be exclusive to American Airlines planes equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi. An American spokesperson told Billboard that 455 out of 800 mainline domestic aircraft in its fleet are currently equipped with Viasat. Smaller jets primarily used for shorter hops won't have access.
"Our guests want to make the most of their time when flying us. That's why we're investing in faster Wi-Fi, a variety of entertainment options, and why we’re so excited to introduce Apple Music to more of our customers," said Janelle Anderson, vice president of Global Marketing at American. "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."
Added Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music: "With the addition of Apple Music on American flights, we are excited that customers can now enjoy their music in even more places. Subscribers can stream all their favorite songs and artists in the air, and continue to listen to their personal library offline, giving them everything they need to truly sit back, relax and enjoy their flight."
Apple created a nifty seat-back style insert for the promotion, which, sadly, only provides Wi-Fi for the streaming app and not the entire device: