Southwest Airlines partners with Panasonic, Global Eagle to enhance onboard wi-fi

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has signed connectivity agreements with Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Global Eagle Entertainment to increase wifi bandwidth and introduce onboard entertainment offerings on its fleet, the company said.

The company said it plans to offer wi-fi and live television on a portion of its fleet, with the first Panasonic-equipped aircraft scheduled to enter service in late 2017. The agreement with GEE extends the carrier´s use of the company´s Airconnect connectivity system and services. Both agreements support Southwest´s focus on yielding greater wifi bandwidth available to customers on wifi-equipped aircraft.

Southwest said that by the end of 2017, it targets operation of a 100 percent wifi-equipped fleet of more than 700 aircraft.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 100 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries including Cuba.