Aviation

Virgin plugs into inflight wi-fi

Daisy Melwani

Connecting to the internet in the air finally comes to Virgin Australia customers.

Making the 14 hour journey between Sydney and LA more bearable, Virgin Australia from mid-2017 will enable customers to connect to inflight wi-fi across all domestic and international flights.

The airline will begin fitting out its Boeing 737-800, Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft from mid-2017 with equipment that enables the technology to connect in the air.

“Inflight wi-fi has the potential to transform air travel as we know it. We are determined to give Virgin Australia customers the best possible combined connectivity and entertainment experience in the air,” Virgin CEO John Borghetti said.

“As well as providing access to email and social media, inflight wi-fi will improve the travel experience by providing guests with up-to-date information about connecting flights and their travel plans.

“We believe our inflight wi-fi service will be popular with business travellers but also have widespread appeal for all our guests by enabling them to stay in touch and access the internet through their journey.

Details about technology partners and business model, will be released by the end of 2016.

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