Posted on: 11 July 2016 by Mark Howells
Finnair will begin the installation of Wi-Fi on its long-haul Airbus A330 aircraft in October this year. Installation is scheduled to be completed by May 2017.Passengers onboard the airline’s Airbus A350 XWB aircraft have been able to enjoy Wi-Fi since the end of last year.“In May 2017, our customers will be able to enjoy wireless network connection onboard all of our long-haul fleet. In addition to internet access, we will have a broad offering of in-flight entertainment, shopping opportunities, real-time news content and other additional services in Finnair’s free of charge Nordic Sky portal,” said Piia Karhu, SVP, customer experience development.Panasonic, which already supplies the connection for the A350 fleet, has been chosen as the supplier of the wireless connection on Airbus A330 aircraft. The connection will be achieved by Ku band satellite technology, which guarantees a working global network connection during a flight.Wireless internet access is free to business class passengers, Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum customers, and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald level customers. Economy class passengers can purchase internet access at an hourly rate (5 euro/hour) or for the duration of the flight (15 euro).