AirAsia begins in-flight internet tests

AirAsia has begun User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on its newly developed in-flight Wi-Fi service in preparation for the official product launch, which is scheduled for the end of 2014.

The first test was conducted by 120 AirAsia AllStar volunteers, who were mainly trialling the effectiveness of three instant messaging services: LINE, Whatsapp and WeChat. 60 guests on each AirAsia flight over the next two months will also have the opportunity to take place in a free user test.

“The Wi-Fi equipment that was introduced to us much earlier was just too expensive and we have decided to develop our own,” commented Tony Fernandes, AirAsia’s CEO. “It has taken us five years to come to this stage, but in true AirAsia style, we have to get it right and provide our guests with the best value at the most affordable rates.”

Fernandes went on to say the service “will be the first on-board Wi-Fi product in the world at an affordable pricing system”.

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