Wednesday 28 September 2016

Aer Lingus owner IAG to launch wifi services on long-haul fleet

Published 05/05/2016 | 18:58

IAG boss Willie Walsh
IAG boss Willie Walsh

Aer Lingus owner IAG is to launch wifi services on its long-haul fleet.

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IAG chief executive Willie Walsh has just announced that the service will be available on 90pc of the group's long-haul aircraft by 2019.

Aer Lingus already has a wifi service on its Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft, but the four Boeing 757 jets it leases for some transatlantic services will now also be equipped.

IAG will also fit the wifi service - being provided by Chicago firm Gogo - on 118 British Airways long-haul aircraft, and 15 Iberia aircraft.

Speaking in California a few minutes ago on board a test flight for the new wifi service, Mr Walsh said that wifi is something that more and more passengers are seeking on long-haul flights.

The wifi will allow passengers to stream services such as Netflix on their own devices while on board and is promised to be as fast as consumers are now typically used to in their own homes.

The in-flight wifi service being deployed by IAG uses satellite technology.

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