Sir Tim Clarke speaks of his plans for Emirates to offer free, high-quality onboard Wi-Fi, while recognising the current “slew of technical limitations”.
Virgin Atlantic’s new 787 Dreamliner has entered service and passengers can make use of Panasonic’s eXConnect Ku-band Wi-Fi service, plus Vera Touch 2 IFE.
Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air has switched on its free Wi-Fi on one of its 737-800s, and a wider rollout is planned once the service has been fine-tuned.
All Nippon Airways has announced that its ANA Wi-Fi Service will be available on around 60 international and 100 domestic aircraft by the end of 2015.
Etihad Airways – winner of the ‘Best Up in the Air Experience’ at the FTE Awards 2014 – now offers Wi-Fi, mobile services and live TV on all 24 of its Boeing 777s.
Virgin Atlantic has selected Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight connectivity service, which will enable passengers to access high-speed Wi-Fi in-flight.
Gogo has teamed up with T-Mobile to allow passengers to make use of free in-flight texting and Visual Voicemail on Gogo-equipped aircraft in the US.
Aeromexico is the first carrier to sign-up to Gogo’s 2Ku product, which is expected to deliver peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps upon its launch.
After five years of development, AirAsia is trialling its own onboard connectivity service, with a permanent rollout scheduled for late-2014.
The 2014 Wireless Connectivity Survey has found that in-flight Wi-Fi affects flight choice for 66% of travellers, and 17% would switch allegiances if Wi-Fi is not offered.