Posted on: 20 November 2014 by Mark Howells
airberlin has installed two of its Airbus A320 aircraft with the airline’s new in-flight broadband solution, ‘airberlin connect,’ supplied by Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
Paul Margis, president and CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said, “We are very honoured to work with airberlin to deliver a solution that meets their unique technology and business challenges. With our eXConnect service, airberlin has chosen the industry’s most capable, platform-agnostic, and scalable broadband service available today.”
Via ‘airberlin connect’ passengers can access the internet on their smartphone, tablet or laptop, which they can then use to stream a choice of over 180 hours of media content including films, TV and music.The two connected A320 aircraft will service airberlin’s new Stuttgart-Abu Dhabi and Vienna-Abu Dhabi routes, with internet access for the entire flight costing €13.90. This medium-haul package includes 90MB of data, whilst a long-haul package costs €18.90 and comes with 120MB.
Other packages include 30 minutes and 20MB of data for €4.90 or an hour of internet access with 50MB of data for €8.90. All of the packages can be paid for by credit card using the passenger’s own mobile or laptop.
airberlin plans to have equipped its entire fleet with ‘airberlin connect’ within the next three years, but in the meantime passengers on long-haul routes will continue to be provided in-flight entertainment from Zodiac’s in-seat RAVE system.
“airberlin is the first German airline to offer in-flight internet access not only on long-haul flights, but also on short- and medium-haul flights,” commented Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO of airberlin. “We are very pleased to work together with Panasonic to offer our passengers an innovative Wi-Fi product that further adds to comfort on-board our aircraft.”