Aviation

Rejoice! Cathay Pacific is introducing inflight Wi-Fi

Lauren Croft

Can’t go more than three hours without checking your phone? We’ve got good news.

Flights with onboard broadband connectivity are becoming more and more common, and the Cathay Pacific Group is set to be the latest airline to join the ranks.

Joining the likes of Air China, Jet Blue and Emirates, Cathay Pacific will be the first major airline in Asia to have satellite-based broadband inflight.

There will be high-speed Wi-Fi on its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 from mid 2018 – in response to their customers growing demand for increased inflight connectivity. This follows the already successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

And Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said that Wi-Fi on these aircrafts is just the beginning. 

“We envisage that by 2020, all of our wide-body aircraft will have inflight connectivity capabilities.

“This will open up a wealth of opportunities for us to provide more innovative experiences for our customers,” he said.

“We have been listening to our customers who have told us that staying connected inflight is important to them. Our passengers will soon be able to not only roam around the cabin when the fasten seat belt sign comes off – the whole internet awaits at 35,000 feet.”

The inflight Wi-Fi is a result of Gogo’s 2Ku satellite-based broadband inflight connectivity technology.

“Our goal is to allow our customers to be connected anytime and anywhere – and this agreement with Gogo is a huge step in enabling us to deliver this,” Loo added.

Customers will be able to check emails, browse the web, shop online and, most importantly, access all their social media accounts.

Flying just got better.



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