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American to add Wi-Fi to 250 regional jets

Customers wanting to log on to the Internet on a puddle-jumper flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and El Paso will get that service by 2016, American Airlines said on Thursday.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it is upgrading 250 regional jets with in-flight Internet capabilities and will have it installed in the next two years.

“Adding inflight Wi-Fi to our two-class regional jets will give our customers what they want - comfort, connectivity and a world--class travel experience,” said American’s chief marketing officer Andrew Nocella in a statement.

Of the 850 aircraft that American currently has with inflight Wi-Fi only 70 of them are regional jets. American contracts with 10 different regional carriers to operate its regional flights under the American Eagle brand.

The upgrades are part of $2 billion in customer-related investments the company has planned for the next three years. American announced on Monday that it was upgrading seats on its Airbus A319 and on its Boeing 757 aircraft used on trans-Atlantic and Latin America flights. The carrier also said it was renovating its Admirals Clubs with new restroom and shower facilities and expanding food choices in the premium clubs.