British Airways inflight connectivity options to start from £4.99

A BA Airbus A380. Picture: Stuart Bailey / British Airways.
A BA Airbus A380. Picture: Stuart Bailey / British Airways.

British Airways has revealed its base pricing for the inflight connectivity options becoming available on its long- and short-haul fleets over the next two years.

Customers in all cabins will soon start to enjoy inflight Wi-Fi as it’s rolled out across British Airways’ long-haul network.

The long-haul connectivity is being provided by Gogo and its 2Ku solution.

“Get Connected” tested 2Ku over the UK aboard Gogo’s test aircraft in April 2016 and recorded speeds of up to 25-27Mbps to the aircraft.

Short-haul Wi-Fi will commence later in the year when British Airways becomes the first airline to offer connectivity using Europe’s first ever 4G high-speed air-to-ground (ATG) network, with the aim of having 90 per cent of its total fleet connected by 2019.

The European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed in-flight broadband service is being provided by Inmarsat and partner Deutsche Telekom.

EAN will allow European passengers to use their personal devices for internet browsing, gaming and other online services, with high capacity, low-latency performance.

In addition, they will have the ability to stream video content from popular sites such as Netflix and YouTube.

IAG said in November that it is planning to deploy the EAN service on the first of its aircraft, a British Airways Airbus A321, in the summer of 2017.

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British Airways has announced there will be a choice of two connectivity options: Simply Connect or Connect Plus.

Simply Connect supports basic web browsing, email and instant messaging with prices from £4.99 for one hour, while Connect Plus provides a faster connection speed supporting video streaming services from £7.99 for an hour.

Customers will be able to choose whether they connect for one hour, four hours or the full flight, although pricing for two latter options have not been disclosed.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: “We will invest and innovate where our customers value it most, and differentiate ourselves with a unique onboard experience and service.

“We’re investing in the best Wi-Fi in the sky, new lounges and direct access to security and our lounges for our First customers, via our new First Wing at Heathrow.

“We’re also aligning our business cabin and service across all our flights by introducing Club Europe on domestic flights.”

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