WN is using a company called Row 44 for our internet/Wi-Fi. Row 44 is a satellite based internet system, whereas most other carriers use a ground based system. From what I gather, the satellite based one requires different hardware and that's the reason that the blister is so large on a WN
jet, when compared to other airlines.
An added tidbit for those interested: The FAs have to do little to nothing for the service to work. It automatically turns on once the plane has reached 10,000 feet and automatically shuts off at around 4,000 feet, I think. There's a control panel in the aft galley that the FAs have access to, but I'm not sure what it does other than show that it's on or not.
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CORRECT! We're retrofitting -700's daily, with an expected 40-50 to be done by years end. That doesn't really put a dent in our some 300+ -700s but as I understand it they're doing it as fast as they can.
Yeah, they're really moving! For September they've done tail numbers: 455, 458, 930, 425, 244, 454, 247, 287, 457, 239, 291, 456, and 487.
October is getting tails: 491, 493, 492, 495, 281, 433, 428, 294, 929, 250, 916, 932, 253, 285, and 256.
I don't know if there's any pattern in which they're installing the Wi-Fi. I do notice that they're 200, 400, and 900 tail numbers. No 700 tail numbers.
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