American continues to expand its large presence in Brazil with new flights to Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. PHOTO: JOSE SALGUEIRO.

LONDON – American Airlines has launched on-demand, free live TV, on 100 domestic aircraft.

The airline plans to launch this service, as well as high-speed wi-fi, to over 700 narrowbody aircraft, over the course of 2019. They are also, currently the only US airline to offer Live TV, onboard international flights.

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There will be 12, live tv channels passengers can watch, onboard domestic flights.

The service will be provided by DISH. These TV channels are Bravo, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, Telemundo, TNT, and the USA.

All the channels can be streamed directly to the passenger’s personal devices such as phones, tablets & laptops, free of charge.

American Airlines 737 MAX PHOTO: Carlos Lugo.

This service will be usable from gate to gate as well, meaning passengers can enjoy live tv from the moment they step onboard their aircraft.

Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Loyalty & Sales had this to say “Our customers have told us they want a living room experience in the air – the ability to watch free entertainment, stream their favorite shows on-demand, charge their phones and stay connected from start to finish during their travels.”

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“Free live TV on our mainline domestic fleet is the latest step in making that a reality, and it complements the live TV we offer on all of our international widebody flights today.”

“We are working quickly to update every part of our fleet to give our customers excellent entertainment and connectivity options no matter where they fly with us.”

American Airlines 737 MAX PHOTO: Eric Dunetz

The service has initially been rolled out onto all their Airbus A319 & A320, which will also receive, in-seat power outlets in 2019.

The A319s already have in-seat power outlets equipped. These aircraft are also equipped with Gogo 2Ku high-speed wi-fi.

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In the longer term, Amercian plan to start equipping this new service as well as Viasat Wi-Fi to all of its Airbus A321s, including the three-class A321Ts.

It will continue to upgrade all its narrowbody aircraft, aiming to have it completed by 2021/2022. They will also start to equip the regional jets with the same features, starting in 2020.