British Airways has started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed inflight connectivity, with its first three connected aircraft now in service.
The airline says it will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft over the next two years.
Customers will be advised of the availability of Wi-Fi when they board a connected aircraft allowing them to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat.
The internet becomes available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. It says the portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices.
To celebrate the launch, British Airways is partnering with Visa to connect customers on board the first Wi-Fi enabled flights. For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high-speed inflight Wi-Fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.
Customers can choose from two paid-for Wi-Fi packages including the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, which supports streaming of music and entertainment, from the very best online content services, including Netflix.
The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight, with the Browse package begin from £4.99 and Stream from £7.99.
The long-haul connectivity is being provided by Gogo and its 2Ku solution. British Airways has also signed up for the Inmarsat/Deutsche Telekom European Aviation Network ATG solution for its short-haul fleet.
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “British Airways has launched its multi-million-pound investment plan to benefit its customers with more choice and quality for all.
“Staying connected is important to our customers who want to be able to work, browse and stream in the air. They can now look forward to enjoying the latest generation Wi-Fi across our long-haul fleet over the next two years.”