Improvements made to the in-flight Wi-Fi service on some domestic aircraft will allow customers to stream video and music content through Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify.
"We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi, but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn't get to see at the cinema," said Olivia Wirth, Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs.
Qantas is in the process of upgrading Wi-Fi on domestic planes to offer speeds up to ten times faster than the satellite technology used by most other airlines. The upgraded Wi-Fi will use NBN's Sky Muster satellite internet with coverage across Australia.
The service will be added to the first domestic aircraft later this month, and the rest of the airline's domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft beginning mid-2017. Qantas also said it was working with suppliers to potentially extend Wi-Fi services on regional and international flights.
Foxtel will offer Qantas customers three days of access to live and on-demand content through its app each time they fly. Netflix and Spotify Premium can be accessed through a 30 day free trial for new members, or by logging in for current subscribers.