Air Canada to offer Wi-Fi on North American flights

(JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency Files)

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Air Canada is going to start offering Wi-Fi on all of its North American flights.

Currently, two of Air Canada's Airbus 319 aircraft offer wireless Internet at a cost of US$9.95. The airline will begin rolling out Wi-Fi on additional planes in May and plans to offer complimentary Wi-Fi, courtesy of a partnership with American Express, until June 30, 2014.

The company said an additional 29 planes will be equipped this year with the rest of the fleet getting Wi-Fi by the end of 2015.

It will mean customers will be able to access email, apps on their phones and the Internet while flying to their destinations.

The airline is partnering with Gogo satellite solutions and this may lead to Wi-Fi being added to international flights, the company said.

"Air Canada continually seeks to enhance the travel experience and that is why we are pleased to be the first airline in Canada to offer in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to customers flying over continental North America," executive vice-president and chief commercial officer Benjamin Smith said in a release Wednesday.