“Australian Business Traveller” reports that Virgin Australia is to offer inflight connectivity on selected flights to Los Angeles from the end of November 2017.
This will be when the first of the airline’s five Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that have been upgraded with satellite-based inflight Wi-Fi take to the air.
The “Australian Business Traveller” website says that aircraft will be shared between the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane routes to Los Angeles, but all three routes will be covered by April 2018 when the rest of Virgin’s Boeing 777 fleet has been equipped.
Virgin Australia announced in August that it planned to roll out wireless inflight connectivity on the majority of its domestic and international aircraft, “becoming the only Australian airline to offer Wi-Fi internationally”.
It said then that by the end of 2018, Virgin Australia expects to have inflight Wi-Fi on all its Boeing 777 aircraft and the majority of Boeing 737 aircraft, with the Airbus A330 aircraft due for completion by the second half of 2019.
Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti said: “We want to provide the world’s most rewarding travel experience and we know that enabling our guests to remain connected while flying is central to that.
“Therefore we’re pleased to announce our roll-out plans for inflight Wi-Fi, which will see more than 90 per cent of Virgin Australia’s fleet fitted with this technology.
“Virgin Australia will offer a base level of free Wi-Fi to all of our guests on domestic flights and become the only Australian airline to offer Wi-Fi on international flights.
“We’ve chosen to partner with leading inflight connectivity provider Gogo, who deliver inflight Wi-Fi to airlines around the world including Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, and British Airways.”
Virgin Australia’s inflight Wi-Fi service will be available alongside and integrated with Virgin Australia’s existing wireless entertainment system.