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Qantas Offers Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

Qantas will use NBN Co’s satellites to provide its passengers with free in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights. A single Boeing 737 will be retrofitted with a modem and antenna to receive satellite signals before starting on-board trials later this year.The rest of the domestic fleet will then be fitted with the technology leading up to its official launch, expected in early 2017.

In partnership with US satellite company, ViaSat, Qantas plans on piggybacking off the ground station infrastructure originally created for NBN’s Sky Muster satellite.

“The recent launch of NBN’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help,” Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce said.


The highly anticipated technology will then deliver customers with in-flight download speeds never before seen in Australia.

“You won’t be limited to checking your email or Facebook – it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online,” Joyce said.

“This kind of inflight connectivity would also open up a lot of potential to improve in-flight entertainment, which we’re constantly looking to enhance.”

The carrier is currently examining options for high-speed Wi-Fi across its international and regional fleet.

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