Qantas launch in-flight Internet on A380 from today, offering passengers on United States route access to the Internet and emails.
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The 8-week trial service will commence on six of Qantas A380s between Sydney and Los Angeles and Melbourne and LA routes.
Qantas passengers will be able to access the Internet via their Wi-Fi enabled laptops, iPads and smartphones inlcuding iPhone and BlackBerrys, for the first time.
Qantas is the first airline in the world to trial this service on direct flights between Australia and the US.
The trial will initially be available to customers travelling in First and Business only, however.
“The eight week trial will give customers the opportunity to access the Internet in exactly the same way as a terrestrial Wi-Fi hotspot in which customers can pay with their credit card and surf the Internet, including the use of email,” said Alison Webster, Qantas Manager,Customer Experience.
“Over the past week Qantas has conducted some preliminary testing and is pleased to now trial the service with customers flying between Australia and Los Angeles.”
The connectivity service, provided by OnAir uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband and global satellite based connections to transfer data between the passengers in the aircraft to the ground.
Following the trial, Qantas will assess opportunities for the long-term application of internet capabilities across its A380 fleet.