In a continuing demonstration of its commitment to the passenger experience, American Airlines is the first commercial carrier to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi access.
From February 1, 2019, passengers on domestic American Airlines flights equipped with in-flight connectivity powered by Viasat will be able to access their Apple Music accounts and stream more than 50 million songs, playlists and music videos free of charge. Passengers who don’t yet have an Apple Music subscription can gain immediate access to the platform by signing up to a three-month free trial period while on board.
“For most travelers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases,” said Oliver Schusser, VP 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.”
“For most travelers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases.” – Oliver Schusser, Apple Music
As well as being able to listen to Apple Music’s exclusive content, such as in-depth artist interviews, passengers can also tune in to American Airlines’ unique, city-themed playlists.
This isn’t the first time American Airlines has embraced music streaming in-flight. In November 2018, the carrier gave passengers the opportunity to live-stream an Austin City Limits concert featuring Willie Nelson.
“Our customers want to make the most of their time when flying with us. That’s why we’re investing in high-speed Wi-Fi, the newest movies, live TV and now Apple Music,” said Janelle Anderson, vice-president of Global Marketing at American Airlines. “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.”
To date, American Airlines has installed high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi across 570 of its domestic aircraft, with the remainder of the fleet due to be completed by mid-2019. The carrier is also adding free live TV on more than 400 domestic and 155 international aircraft, with additional rollouts continuing this year.