British Airways introduces Wi-Fi on long-haul aircraft

As part of an ongoing multi-million pound investment plan to improve the on-board experience for its passenger, British Airways has begun offering Wi-Fi on its long-haul fleet.

The first of three connected aircraft have now entered into service, with 118 of its long-haul aircraft to be connected over the next two years.

Passengers will enjoy high-speed bandwidth, with access granted approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000 ft.

To celebrate the launch, for a limited time, passengers will be able to connect to high-speed Wi-Fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.

Customers can choose from two paid-for Wi-Fi packages including the ‘Browse’ package, costing £4.99 and which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, for £7.99 which supports streaming of music and entertainment including Netflix.  The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said, “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 Wi-Fi across our long-haul fleet over the next two years.”

The airline plans to introduce in-flight connectivity on its short-haul fleet over the next two years.

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