British Airways begins long-haul Wi-Fi rollout

British Airways begins long-haul Wi-Fi rollout

British Airways has started rolling out Wi-Fi on some of its long-haul aircraft in a multi-million pound investment in connectivity.

Its first three connected aircraft are now in service and the airline will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft over the next two years.

Customers will be told about of the availability of Wi-Fi when they board a connected aircraft.

Wi-Fi, which BA insists will be ‘high speed’, will be available around 10 minutes after take-off, when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft and will work with operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows.

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. One-hour, four-hour or full-flight packages are available to buy.

Prices for the Browse package begin from £4.99 and Stream is priced from £7.99.

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.”

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