Friday, 2 February 2018

British Airways introduce inflight Wi-Fi on long-haul flights - at last

British Airways has started fitting its long-haul aircraft with high-speed Wi-Fi, so far three aircraft have the service connected and the carrier hopes to have 118 more aircraft online within the next two years. 

Using the latest generation technology, British Airways will provide high-speed bandwidth to customers, with the internet being available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. 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 Wi-Fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.

Customers can choose from two levels of connectivity, the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp which starts at £4.99 an hour, or the ‘Stream’ package, which allows streaming of music, movies and other entertainment, which has a starting price of £7.99. The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight.

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.”

The Wi-Fi Service allows customers to transmit content and whilst they retain ownership of any intellectual property rights they hold for that content, you'll find buried in BA's terms and conditions for the Wi-Fi that when you transmit content, you give BA, their providers and service partners the worldwide rights to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. 






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