Do you like the idea of being able to watch your favorite movie while flying over the North Pole? Emirates has announced that it's bringing mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi and live television for customers passing over the North Pole and Arctic Circle on their way to the United States. The expanded coverage is expected to be in place by 2022.
Passengers flying over the polar region on their way to the United States can currently expect to go without connectivity for about four hours. The outage has to do with the fact that satellites that are used for aircraft connectivity are mostly located over the equator. The technology that's been available up until now simply makes it impossible for the standard aircraft antennae to connect with a satellite when flying in the polar region.
Emirates passengers passing over the North Pole after 2022 will be able to keep up to speed with the happenings of the world via live news programs or sporting events. They will also be able to take advantage of the thousands of movies and television shows that are available via the airline's award-winning entertainment system.
Of course, Emirates was already way ahead of the curve in regard to connectivity even before this announcement was made. The airline currently offers Wi-Fi connectivity on every aircraft it operates. What's more, customers in every cabin have access to free Wi-Fi or messaging apps. More than 1 million Wi-Fi connections are made on Emirates flights every single month.