12 FEBRUARY 2018
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BA first offered wi-fi out of London City Airport back in 2009 in the form of a messaging service on its New York flights.
It has now started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed wi-fi, with its first three connected aircraft already in service. The airline will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft over the next two years.
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.
For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high speed wi-fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa. Passengers will be advised of the availability of wi-fi when they board a connected aircraft.
Available will be 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.
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