British Airways bringing Wi-Fi to long-haul fleet

British Airways bringing Wi-Fi to long-haul fleet

British Airways has started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed Wi-Fi, with its first three connected aircraft now in service. 

The airline will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft over the next two years. 

Customers will be advised of the availability of Wi-Fi when they board a connected aircraft allowing them to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat.

Using the latest generation technology, British Airways will provide high-speed bandwidth to customers, with internet being available approximately ten minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft.

The portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices.

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Customers can choose from two paid-for Wi-Fi packages including the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, which supports streaming of music and entertainment, from the very best online content services, including Netflix.

The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways director of brand and customer experience, said: “British Airways has launched its multi-million-pound investment plan to benefit its customers with more choice and quality for all.

“Staying connected is important to our customers who want to be able to work, browse and stream in the air.

“They can now look forward to enjoying the latest generation Wi-Fi across our long-haul fleet over the next two years.”