Qantas in-flight wi-fi24 February 2016 by News Desk
Qantas is set to launch free in-flight wi-fi on its’ passenger services to allow travellers to access the internet in the sky.
Qantas says customers will be able to access broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board wi-fi. Travelers will be able to view streaming movies, TV shows, news bulletins and live sports all for free.
Qantas will launch domestic in-flight trials with a single Boeing 737 aircraft in late 2016. A full roll-out across all the airlines’ domestic fleet of A330s and B737s is planned in early 2017.
The new service is a partnership with broadband services provider ViaSat that will tap into the nbn network. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the goal was to make Australia home to the world’s best in-flight wi-fi experience.
“Bringing high-speed wi-fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen,” Mr Joyce said.
“The sheer size of Australia creates some major challenges for in-flight connectivity but the recent launch of nbn’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help.”
ViaSat will provide Qantas with connectivity between the aircraft, the KA-band satellite and ground stations, which will then link to the internet.
“This service will give Qantas customers download speeds in the air similar to what they’re used to on the ground,” Mr Joyce said.
“You won’t be limited to checking your email or social media, it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online.
“As a premium carrier, delivering value for money to our customers is extremely important to us. That’s why we’ll be offering access to wi-fi for free, on top of all the other things that are included when you fly Qantas.”
Qantas is also considering high-speed wi-fi across its international and regional fleet. It is currently talking with regulators to gain certification and approval for the new service.
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