British Airways developing in-flight connectivity

British Airways

British Airways has begun offering high-speed WiFi aboard some of its long-haul aircraft.

Three members of its fleet now offer online connectivity, while over the coming two years, 118 of its long-haul fleet will be equipped with the necessary technology.

The airline’s passengers will be advised of the availability of WiFi upon embarking a connected aircraft, granting them the chance to browse the Internet from the comfort of their seat.

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Director of brand and customer experience, British Airways, Carolina Martinoli commented on the development: “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 WiFi across our long-haul fleet over the next two years.”

Following the installation of the latest generation technology, British Airways will offer high-speed bandwidth, which will be made available approximately 10-minutes into the flight, when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. The portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows.

Customers can select from two paid-for WiFi packages, including the ‘Browse’ package, for Internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, for the streaming of music and entertainment. The packages are available on a one-hour, four-hour or full-flight basis.

In celebration of this exciting development, British Airways has joined forces with Visa to connect customers on board the first WiFi enabled flights. For a limited time only, customers will be able to connect to high speed WiFi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.