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Qantas To Expand In-Flight Wi-Fi

Qantas says that from late September it will accelerate the rollout of Wi-Fi services on its domestic Airbus 330 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

“Our investment in free in-flight Wi-Fi will ramp up from September, as we finish what has been a successful trial and move to an accelerated rollout to our domestic A330s and 737s,” CEO Alan Joyce said during last week’s 2017 financial results presentation.

Around 80 Boeing 737 and Airbus 330 aircraft in Qantas’s domestic fleet are expected to be fitted out with the service by late 2018.

Qantas in April launched a free in-flight Wi-Fi service in beta mode on-board a Boeing 737 aircraft that travels between Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

But download speed has mostly been limited to around 12Mbps. Qantas now says new equipment from ViaSat should provide faster speeds and more reliable connections.

Rival Virgin Australia began pre-launch tests of its inflight Internet service in April.

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