Qantas trials free WiFi

Travel News 25 Nov 2016

Qantas has started trialling Wi-Fi services onboard its aircraft.

A Boeing 737 aircraft re-entered service last week, having been equipped with the hardware needed to enable the in-flight connectivity.

This followed a series of ground tests conducted by Qantas and ViaSat, the WiFi provider. Qantas will offer the service free-of-charge, but passengers will still have to wait for a few months before the WiFi is made available.

According to ViaSat, the new service will offer connection speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional in-flight Wi-Fi, enabling passengers to stream movies, TV shows and live sports. The service will also help pilots and cabin crew, providing access to live weather data and other important flight information.

Qantas is introducing WiFi across its domestic B737 and Airbus A330 fleet, with the full roll-out expected to be completed in 2018.