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Etihad announces plans for in-flight wifi

by http://www.mysinchew.com

(Relaxnews) – On Monday Etihad Airways announced plans to launch its new “Etihad Wi-Fly” in-flight internet and mobile connectivity, joining competitors Emirates and Singapore Airlines which already provide the service.

The news came only hours after Australian carrier Qantas announced it was killing plans to offer in-flight Wi-Fi on its A380 long-haul flights, citing lack of interest from clients.

The Abu-Dhabi based carrier will make the service available on the airline’s Airbus A330-200 fleet and will charge passengers a fee of $24.95 for a 24-hour pass or $13.95 per hour. Passengers flying in first class can access the internet free of charge.

The carrier is implementing the service in ten of its aircraft by the end of March 2013. According to a statement by the company, by the end of 2014 “every single Etihad Airways aircraft will be equipped for inflight connectivity.”

The carrier’s narrow-body planes will feature data and mobile connectivity, while wide-body aircraft will also provide broadband internet service. Etihad will be offering the service in partnership with Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite, an air-to-satellite system.

According to a list published by Business Traveller in September 2012, a total of 27 carriers offer in-flight connectivity. According to the list, all of the 27 companies charge for the service except for Norwegian Air. Turkish Airlines and SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) are temporarily offering the service free of charge. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS), 2012.

Original Article: http://www.mysinchew.com/node/80567?tid=179

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