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Emirates sees over 1m inflight Wi-Fi connections during March

New record set with Dubai-LA route the most popular for connecting to the web

Emirates sees over 1m inflight Wi-Fi connections during March

Emirates has set a new monthly record with over 1 million Wi-Fi connections made on board its flights in March.

During the month, 1,037,016 Emirates customers connected to the internet during their flight, the airline said in a statement.

The connections were mainly made over mobile devices with over 94 percent of users connecting with a smartphone – twice as many connections were made on an iOS mobile phone compared to an Android mobile, and about 2 percent with a tablet.

The remaining connections were made with laptops and other devices.

Wi-Fi connectivity is available on over 98 percent of the Emirates fleet, including all A380s, 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs. Customers in all cabin classes receive 20MB of free Wi-Fi data.

The highest data usage from a single passenger was made by an Emirates Skywards member who stayed connected throughout their flight from Dubai to Johannesburg, consuming 4.9 GB of complimentary data.

The route with the most Wi-Fi connections in March was EK215 from Dubai to Los Angeles with over 6,000 customers connecting in flight.

Emirates was the first airline to allow mobile phone use inflight in 2008, and the first to install TV screens in every seat on every aircraft in its fleet in 1992.

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