Major airline, the British Airways, has announced that it is now rolling out high speed WiFi aboard some of its long-haul flights. According to a statement gotten by TechCity, three planes are already connected and travellers can now enjoy internet access on the flights.
To celebrate the launch, British Airways is partnering with Visa to connect customers on board the first WiFi enabled flights. For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high speed WiFi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.
Furthermore, British Airways said it plans to connect 118 of its long haul aircraft over the next two years. It said customers will be advised on the availability of WiFi when they board a connected aircraft allowing them to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat.
The internet service becomes available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft and the portal is expected to work with major operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices.
Customers can choose from two paid-for WiFi 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.
Kola Olayinka, British Airways regional manager for West Africa, 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.”