American Airlines is equipping most of their mainline fleet with satellite internet over the course of the next year.
American’s regional fleet is going to remain equipped with Gogo’s air to ground internet. However they still have planes without any internet at all. Those planes don’t have any sort of inflight entertainment, either. And it turns out American doesn’t plan to add internet to their 50 seat regional jets. Period. At least that’s what American Airlines is telling employees:
Best I can figure American follows the Talmudic requirement for a minyan prior to offering inflight internet. They believe there must be at least 10 adult Jewish males onboard each flight. And with a regional jet that holds only 50 people, there’s just no way to consistently meet that requirement —
even on a route like New York LaGuardia – St. Louis that sees an Embraer ERJ-145 six days a week.