American Airlines becomes first carrier to offer free Apple Music access inflight


To enjoy Apple Music during their flight, customers on Viasat-equipped aircraft can connect to the Wi-Fi for free and log in with their Apple Music subscription details.

American Airlines’ customers can now enjoy access to Apple Music to stream over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos on any domestic flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi. American has become the first commercial airline to provide access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi access.

The initiative is a part of American Airlines’ ambition to build a world-class experience, which includes investing in new entertainment and connectivity options throughout its fleet. The carrier has installed high-speed Wi-Fi on more than 570 of its domestic aircraft, with full completion to take place mid-2019.

It has also added free live TV on more than 400 domestic and 155 international aircraft, provided free access to wireless entertainment throughout its fleet, and installed power at every seat on mainline aircraft and two-class regional jets.

“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.”

“For most travellers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases,” said 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 favourite 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.”

To enjoy Apple Music during their flight, customers on Viasat-equipped aircraft can connect to the Wi-Fi for free and log in with their Apple Music subscription. Customers who don’t already have an Apple Music subscription will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi, sign up onboard and receive free access for three months.