Spirit Airlines has signed an agreement to install Wi-Fi on its entire fleet, making it the first ultra-low cost carrier in the Americas to offer to offer inflight connectivity. The airline’s Wi-Fi technology partner, Thales Group, will perform the installations on the Airbus fleet as standard retrofit equipage.
The Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) system will allow high-speed web browsing and streaming and Thales says the equipment has been type certified for all A320 series aircraft for fitment on the top of the fuselage. According to a spokesperson for Thales, the installation locations will depend on scheduling and aircraft availability.
Spirit is not sharing specifics about the investment cost of the project, but a spokesperson says the agreement will add to revenue and customer experience without impacting the airline’s cost structure.
Installations are scheduled to begin in November 2018 and work is expected to be completed by summer 2019.