Finnair to have Wi-Fi across its long-haul fleet by May 2017

A passenger using an iPad on a Finnair aircraft.Finnair says it will begin the installation of Wi-Fi inflight connectivity on its long-haul Airbus A330 aircraft in October, with the installation estimated to be ready in May 2017.

Last year Finnair announced it would launch a wireless network connection for the majority of its wide and narrow-body aircraft.

The first wireless services were taken into use on Finnair aircraft at the end of last year onboard the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Piia Karhu, SVP, Customer Experience Development, said: “In May 2017, our customers will be able to enjoy wireless network connection onboard all of our long-haul fleet.

“In addition to internet access, we will have a broad offering of inflight entertainment, shopping opportunities, real-time news content and other additional services in Finnair’s free of charge Nordic Sky portal.”

Panasonic Avionics, which already supplies the Ku-band connection for the A350 fleet, has been chosen as the supplier of the wireless connection on the Airbus A330 aircraft.

Wireless internet access is free to business class passengers, Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum customers, and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald level customers.

Economy class passengers can purchase internet access at an hourly rate (5 euro/hour) or for the duration of the flight (15 euro).

In March 2015 Finnair said the total value of its investment was approximately €30 million.

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