Alaska Airlines launches new $8 flat rate for streaming-fast satellite WiFi

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

The fast satellite Wi-Fi that’s had you surfing and streaming with ease on your Alaska Airlines flights just got a price break: You can do those internet things you do so well with our new $8 flat rate for WiFi service on our mainline aircraft with satellite-enabled connectivity onboard. And starting now, we’re offering a variety of new meal selections on our flights as part of the most comprehensive food and beverage program in the industry.

First up, our upgraded, high-speed Wi-Fi – in partnership with Intelsat. The service provides a more enjoyable guest experience with better reliability, faster connections and a lower cost. Our web portal now loads 50% faster than before with a one ‘click-to-connect’ web experience, and connection speeds are 20 times faster than our previous, basic Wi-Fi system.

With the purchase of $8 flat rate satellite Wi-Fi for their entire flight, our guests can stream content on their personal devices from their favorite services such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Another bonus: On our planes enabled with satellite Wi-Fi, you can connect from the moment you board, instead of waiting for the connection to kick in after the boarding door closes – it’s seamless connectivity from gate to gate. (Another way to save: Use the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card and snag a 20% savings on inflight purchases including Wi-Fi.)

Our newest planes are equipped with satellite Wi-Fi, often flying our longest routes between the West Coast and New YorkBostonWashington, D.C. and Florida markets. With nearly 80% of our fleet currently equipped with high-speed satellite Wi-Fi, you can still connect on both long and short haul flights. You’ll know you’re flying an aircraft with the upgraded Wi-Fi if see you see the dome shaped antenna on top of the plane, or if you spot the satellite Wi-Fi decal just inside the entry door.

When you’re going somewhere, having good food and tasty drinks along the way just makes for a more enjoyable trip. We’ve got you covered with a new menu of options. Alaska continues to have the most comprehensive onboard food and beverage program of any U.S. carrier. We offer fresh First Class meals on flights more than 670 miles, fresh food for purchase in the main cabin on flights longer than 1,100 miles and popular snacks for purchase on all flights over 670 miles.

We know convenience matters: We’ve expanded our pre-order program so our guests can order their favorites starting two weeks before their flight and up to 20 hours prior to departure – from choosing between hot meal options in First Class to making sure a Signature Fruit and Cheese platter has their name on it.

Our new spring menu in First Class features more than 30 healthy, fresh and local dishes, such as Lemongrass Chicken with Ginger Fried Rice and Basil Chicken Sausage Breakfast Bowl. Plus anytime our First Class guests prefer the simple pleasure of our Signature Fruit & Cheese platter, we can make that happen. Among the refreshed selections in the main cabin we’re offering Evergreen’s ‘Moroccan & Rollin’ Salad,’ a Ginger Garlic Beef Wrap and the Charcuterie Protein Platter.