Why did I set my alarm for 4:30am yesterday (and wake up before it went off)? Because my first of four flights was a 6:24a departure from JFK on JetBlue, headed up to Boston to chase down some megabits. The company announced today that the Fly-Fi in-flight internet service is now fully deployed on its Airbus A320/A321 fleet and also that rollout on the Embraer E190s has started. Two of the 60 aircraft are running and yesterday’s 8:15am Boston-Dulles trip was the very first to have the service active. And JetBlue hosted me on board (for RGN) to put the connection through its paces and see if it was ready to handle the loads.
And, for better or worse, I do enjoy the views at an airport for the early morning flights. I hate the alarm clock, but I love the views. It is a tough balance.
Not surprisingly, the service works spectacularly well. I actually got speed test results which were inexplicably fast (40Mbit+) while others on board saw more typical numbers (20-ish Mbit).
The upload speed remains artificially capped – it showed signs of symmetric capacity during the testing process and that was later confirmed – to ensure that the download performance remains sufficient. And there is chatter within the organization of increasing that cap over time. But I was able to stream a Periscope broadcast off the plane and also able to watch a Periscope being broadcast from Gogo’s 2Ku test plane. So that was a pretty spectacular moment of plane-to-plane video streaming fun.
And while the work part of the day was productive there was also the chance to catch a couple spectacular views out the windows, like this one:
I was sitting across the aisle and heard other passengers talking about it. Just a couple seconds to grab my camera out of my bag, fire off a few frames and hope it worked. Yeah, it was a good day.