A Sky-High Add For iHeartRadio


Don’t believe that iHeartRadio is soaring?

It’s now a choice at 35,000 feet from coast to coast.

That’s thanks to a new collaboration between iHeartMedia and Southwest Airlines that brings the popular app from the nation’s No. 1 radio broadcasting company to everyone in flight within the U.S.

It’s an exclusive arrangement that embeds iHeartRadio within the onboard entertainment portal used for all Southwest flights.

What does this mean? Southwest has one-upped JetBlue, which offers SiriusXM stations on its aircraft. With the iHeartRadio app, Southwest passengers can listen to curated streams by music genre, or a live radio station stream from among the iHeart O&Os and partners, such as WDST-FM “Radio Woodstock” in Woodstock, N.Y.

Special in-flight listening streams including “Pass the Time” and “Kids Zone” are also being offered to Southwest passengers.

“Our Customers and Employees are passionate about music,” said Southwest Airlines VP/CMO Ryan Green. “For Southwest, music is a part of a larger story—it’s an ongoing investment in enhancing our customers’ travel experiences. Through this partnership with iHeartRadio, we will create the soundtrack to our customers’ journeys as we connect them to what is important in their lives.”

Southwest passengers must purchase WiFi access on all flights; JetBlue offers WiFi at no additional charge.

Southwest passengers who already subscribe to iHeartRadio’s All Access on demand subscription service will also have access to their entire music library and saved playlists as well as enjoy millions of songs and albums instantly.

Southwest flights to international destinations may not allow for the use of iHeartRadio, due to licensing restrictions.