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Virgin Inflight Internet Set For Takeoff – Free For Now

Virgin Inflight Internet Set For Takeoff – Free For Now

Virgin Australia has begun pre-launch tests of its inflight Internet service ahead of an expected public debut in the later half of this week, David Flynn reports for the online Australian Business Traveller.

Some commercial flights of the airline’s sole Boeing 737 kitted out with the satellite gear have seen the system switched on and passengers informed that they can use the free service, ABT says.

The service has been available on a “gate to gate” basis, with travellers able to use tablets and smartphones from the moment they settle into their seats until it’s time to leave the aircraft.

Brisbane reader Tim Dwyer told ABT he was “pretty impressed” after clocking  30.57Mbps download and 2.35Mbps upload speeds, though he noted: “I’m probably the only user on-board”.

Flynn says the service will be free during a three-month public trial, though Virgin is considering a range of pricing options once the service expands.

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