Apple Music and American Airlines (AA) have reached a deal that will give passengers on any AA flight in the U.S. the ability to stream more than 50 million songs for free via in-flight wifi. Previously, travelers had to pay for in-flight internet service or download music before the flight.
Under the new deal, passengers who don't have Apple Music can also sign up for a free three-month trial during the 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, vice president of Apple Music, said in a statement. “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.”
The free in-flight Apple Music offer will be available to passengers on all of the airline’s domestic flights beginning February 1.
Improving in-flight entertainment
The new deal with Apple is part of American’s larger goal to roll out more in-flight entertainment options to passengers, the company said.
American has added new shows, movies, and free live TV (which includes Sunday’s Super Bowl). The airline is also equipping its planes with high-speed internet and power outlets at passenger seats.
“Our guests want to make the most of their time when flying us. That’s why we’re investing in faster Wi-Fi, a variety of entertainment options, and why we’re so excited to introduce Apple Music to more of our customers,” said Janelle Anderson, American’s VP of Global Marketing.
“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.”