Starting Friday, Apple Music Subscribers Can Stream for Free on Domestic American Airlines Flights

BY Evan Selleck

Published 30 Jan 2019

If you happen to find yourself on a specific flight under the American Airlines banner in the United States, you will soon get a nice Apple Music perk.

Apple announced on Wednesday that beginning Friday, February 1, Apple Music subscribers will have full access to the streaming platform’s library of content, including music videos, by connecting to the Viasat satellite Wi-Fi connection at no additional cost. This means if you use Apple Music you can stay connected to a network without having to actually pay to access the Wi-Fi connection on the flight.

According to Apple’s announcement, American Airlines is “the first commercial airline” to offer complimentary Wi-Fi availability for Apple Music customers. That might suggest that Apple is negotiating with other airlines to offer the same feature at some point in the future. However, whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen.

“For most travelers, 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 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.”

This is available for Apple Music subscribers “on any domestic American Airlines flight”. All a customer has to do is connect to the complimentary network on their flight, open Apple Music, and start streaming without having to worry about paying for the access. American Airlines says there are currently 570 aircraft with Wi-Fi available, and it will have it rolled out to all of its domestic flights by the middle of 2019.

In related Apple Music news, the company just announced that the streaming platform reached 50 million paid subscribers. That is a major milestone for the company, but still means it’s quite a ways back from Spotify‘s paid subscribers. Still, the platform is definitely catching up.

This is a nice offer, especially for frequent flyers. Wi-Fi access on a flight can be pretty expensive. Plus, not having to worry about remembering to download your music before the flight might remove one thing from a trip’s to-do list.

[via Apple]