Posted on: 10 September 2014 by Mark Howells
Russian airline Transaero has released information detailing exactly how passengers made use of its in-flight connectivity service throughout the first half of 2014 (1H14).
Transaero Connect, the airline’s in-flight broadband solution, is powered by Ku-band satellites using Panasonic Avionics’ Global Communication Suite on its Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft, and Row44 for Boeing737-700/800 systems.
In-flight Wi-Fi is free of charge for passengers travelling in Imperial or Business class on connected aircraft, whilst other passengers have to pay a small fee for access.
During 1H14 Transaero’s in-flight Wi-Fi traffic totalled 1,900 GB across the fleet with satellite equipment installed. Transaero Connect also enables mobile communication, which saw passengers make more than 24,500 calls and send 1.5 million SMS text messages.
In-flight internet is available on 31 of Transaero’s fleet, including 9 Boeing 747-400s, 5 Boeing 777-300s, 11 Boeing 737-800s and 4 Boeing 737-700 aircraft (operated on both domestic and international routes).The airline saw the highest demand for mobile communications services on its Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft.