Posted on: 27 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
SWISS International Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ERs, which are scheduled to enter into service on the carrier’s long-haul network from next month, will offer passengers in-flight connectivity (IFC) capabilities for the first time.
The airline plans to offer a choice of three data packages. The 20MB SWISS Connect data package, costing CHF 9, is intended for those wishing to check their emails or visit a few websites; the 50 MB package at CHF 19 is more for travellers seeking to surf their social networks or use the internet to work; and the 120 MB package at CHF 39 provides even more flexibility, although it doesn’t support streaming.First Class passengers will receive a complimentary 50 MB SWISS Connect data package.
SWISS is currently considering whether to extend these IFC options to the Airbus A330s and A340s also operating on its long-haul network.
Following market research on its customer base SWISS is also allowing passengers to make phone calls, send SMS messages and use data via Aeromobile’s roaming telephony service for a one-year trial period. Prices will be set by the corresponding contractual agreements between AeroMobile and the customer’s phone service provider.
However, SWISS has stated that for safety reasons, roaming phone services will only be available at service times during night flights: as soon as the cabin lighting is switched off, the feature may no longer be used.