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Virgin Atlantic to begin trial of inflight Wi-Fi solution in April

Virgin Atlantic to begin trial of inflight Wi-Fi solution in April

LONDON: Virgin Atlantic Airways will launch its 12-month trial of Arinc’s Cabin Connect inflight Wi-Fi solution in April, following installation of the offering on a third Airbus A330 earlier that month.

The second A330 in the three-aircraft trial is undergoing the installation process this week, Arinc satellite solutions and cabin services director Lee Costin yesterday told journalists at a press briefing in London.

“We’re very pleased with how the installation process is shaping up,” says Costin, adding that fitting the solution to the second widebody will take “two overnight installs”. Cabin Connect was installed on Virgin Atlantic’s first A330 in January, when it passed its certification flight “with flying colours”, according to Costin.

The trial will initially include three A330s but Virgin Atlantic says that “if the trial is successful, we’ll look to roll out on other aircraft”, which it indicates could include the carrier’s Airbus A340s and Boeing 747s in addition to the remainder of its A330 fleet.

Costin tells the APEX editor’s blog that he sees Arinc’s relatively late arrival to the inflight connectivity market as an advantage rather than a drawback because it means “we’re not trailblazing certification issues”.


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