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IAG/Aer Lingus to launch wifi on short-haul flights - Willie Walsh

Published 21/10/2015 | 14:17

WILLIE WALSH, CEO , AERLINGUS PICTURED WITH AERLINGUS GROUND STAFF,EVADNE COOGAN AND AISLING O BRIEN, AFTER AER LINGUS SCOOPED THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF IRELAND S AIRLINE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2003 AND BEST VALUE FOR MONEY AWARD,AT DUBLIN CASTLE YESTERDAY.
WILLIE WALSH, CEO , AERLINGUS PICTURED WITH AERLINGUS GROUND STAFF,EVADNE COOGAN AND AISLING O BRIEN, AFTER AER LINGUS SCOOPED THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF IRELAND S AIRLINE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2003 AND BEST VALUE FOR MONEY AWARD,AT DUBLIN CASTLE YESTERDAY.

Aer Lingus owner IAG has "firm plans" to launch Wi-Fi onboard its short-haul flights, Chief Executive Willie Walsh said.

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"We think the technology platforms are well established now and can facilitate our requirement which is for global coverage. So watch this space is what I would say," Walsh told journalists as the airline group announced new transatlantic routes for newly acquired Aer Lingus and its British Airways unit.

Shares in satellite company Inmarsat jumped earlier this week on the prospect of more inflight Wi-Fi deals after having sealed a deal with Lufthansa for short-haul flights.

Walsh also said British Airways had no plans to cut back on capacity at Heathrow after media reports suggesting the carrier had been cutting flights on routes to New York over the summer.

"We haven't been cutting back on capacity, the facts are completely different to what you may have read in some of the newspapers. We always have reasons to have tactical consultations, there is no plan to cut back."

He added that were more slots available at the crowded London hub, then the carrier would definitely look to be buy more.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus is relaunching its route between Dublin and Los Angeles from next May, and will fly between the cities five times a week.

A route between Dublin and Newark in New Jersey will commence in September 2016 and operate daily.

Aer Lingus, bought this year by IAG for €1.36bn, also confirmed that it will fly between Dublin and Hartford, Connecticut from next September. The service will operate daily.

IAG wants to drive more transatlantic traffic through Dublin from the UK, and also capitalise on improving demand in Ireland as the economy recovers.

Today's announcements were made by IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh, and Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Reuters

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