Amazon partners with JetBlue for inflight Prime Instant Video access

By: Abbey Dufoe | May 6, 2015 (Edited July 7, 2017)

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you already get access to 2-day free delivery, Prime Music, Prime Instant Video, the Kindle lending library, Prime Now delivery service and the pending Prime Air delivery service. But Prime is about to go sky high.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon has struck a deal with airline JetBlue to allow customers to watch Amazon Prime videos during plane rides. The service will be streamed over JetBlue's "Fly-fi" wireless internet service.

In order to reap the benefits, travelers have to be Prime members, but non-Prime members also have the option to create an account. This is the first time Amazon has teamed up for an inflight entertainment option.

The Instant Video service will also allow subscribers to rent or purchase TV shows and movies through the Amazon Instant Video store, as well as purchase music, books and apps from the Amazon Music store, Kindle store, and Amazon Appstore. On top of this, users will be able to stream music from their Prime Music accounts.

And don't you worry about JetBlue - they get perks too:

But the tie-in is advantageous to JetBlue, too - with the partnership, customers will be able to earn TrueBlue points when they shop from specific categories on Amazon while using the airline's free Fly-Fi broadband Internet service while in-flight or via other JetBlue promotions.

JetBlue will not only have Amazon Prime to help it propel into the airline market. This deal will make internet access free on all flights, which usually costs $9 per hour.

The service will go live later this year:

The service will be available on all JetBlue Airbus A321 and A320 aircrafts by the end of this year, and on the Embraer E190 aircraft in 2016. (LA Times)


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