Emirates set to launch wi-fi services across A380s

Online access packages to start from $7.50 for passengers on airline's superjumbos
The system will be rolled out across Emirates entire A380 fleet
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 12 Dec 2011 06:05 PM

Emirates Airline said on Monday that wi-fi services are being launched on a number of its A380s to allow passengers to surf the web and email during long-haul flights.

The service, which is in collaboration with service provider OnAir, will initially launch on 11 of 19 Emirates superjumbos, the carrier said in a statement.

The system is due to be installed across the entire fleet of 71 Emirates A380s on order.

In addition to wi-fi, from mid-2012 all new Emirates A380s will be delivered with a full range of wi-fi, mobile phone and mobile data services, it added.

Price plans for the service will start at $7.50 for mobile devices and $15 on laptops.

Emirates said the $7.50 package should be sufficient for the average Blackberry user to stay connected all the way from Dubai to Paris - a flight of over six and a half hours.

To access the service, all customers have to do is open up their device's wireless connections, log on to the OnAir network and follow the simple steps to access the internet.

As part of a pilot phase, customers onboard many A380 flights have been using the service for many months already as the system was installed and activated on the first few A380s last year.

Patrick Brannelly, vice president Corporate Communications, said: "Emirates recognises that being connected inflight is increasingly important especially on our longer flights.

"Adding internet access is going to be a vital and ubiquitous part of any inflight experience, just as it is in everyday life on the ground."

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