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Emirates in global top three for WiFi access

Dubai Carrier now has 100% coverage on long haul flights

Emirates in global top three for WiFi access

Emirates is in the global top three for airlines offering the most WiFi according to a new study.

The Routehappy 2018 WiFi Report placed the Dubai carrier behind Delta and American. It is one of 13 airlines – which also includes Etihad and Kuwait - offering WiFi on 100 percent of long haul flights.

Worldwide, 82 airlines offer in-flight WiFi — 12 more than last year — with the amenity now available on 43 percent of flights.

The "best Wi-Fi" is classified as satellite-based broadband services, such as systems provided by Gogo Inc., ViaSat Inc. and Inmarsat Plc. Those newer technologies are seeing the largest adoption, with an "extraordinary" 129 percent growth over the past year, Routehappy Chief Executive Officer Robert Albert said in a statement.

"Airlines are quickly moving away from older Wi-Fi systems that provided little utility at extremely high prices," said Jason Rabinowitz, Routehappy's director of airline research. "It is now likely that Wi-Fi at 32,000 feet may be cheaper and faster than the Wi-Fi at many airports." Routehappy collects airline amenity data for flight shopping.

The 2018 Wi-Fi state-of-the-industry report was based on an analysis of all flights worldwide scheduled for Feb. 12.

Airbus and Boeing also fit most of these newer systems onto new airplanes as part of the final assembly process.

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