Vueling to equip in-flight Wi-Fi on A320s

Vueling and telecommunications company, Telefónica, have reached an agreement to install a high-speed Wi-Fi service on four of the airline's Airbus A320 aircraft.

The service will be available during this year and will give passengers a very similar navigation experience to that enjoyed on the ground. To date, this kind of data access has not been possible on short distances in Europe, such as Madrid–Barcelona.The airline claims that this makes it thefirst European company to offer high-speed Wi-Fi.

Passengers using the in-flight connectivity service will be able to access email, use social networks or be connected to news and events in real time, amongst others.

tTelefónica will be responsible for integrating LiveTV's high-speed technology with Eutelsat's AIR ACCESS mobile service via its KA-SAT satellite to provide an internet access solution in the air.

tKa band satellite systems are able to offer a 20Mbps user experience in-flight that is similar to ADSL in the home. Telefonica has selected Eutelsat as the provider of the satellite network and mobile service, while LiveTV will provide all the equipment on board the aircraft. LiveTV is also in charge of the process of obtaining the necessary certifications (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the use of this technology in Vueling's Airbus A320s.

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