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Virgin To Outflank Qantas With Internet-Equipped Flights To USA

SYDNEY– Virgin Australia is looking to get a jump on rival Qantas by offering inflight Internet on selected flights to Los Angeles from the end of November.

US carriers United American Airlines and Virgin partner Delta already provide Internet access on trans-Pacific flights but not Qantas which is focused on rolling out inflight Internet across its domestic network by late 2018 before it considers international services reports David Flynn on the Australian Business Traveler Web site.

Virgin will offer the service initially on a single Boeing 777-300ER aircraft but plans to equip all five of these trans-Pacific aircraft by April.

The initial aircraft will be shared between Virgin’s Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane routes to Los Angeles but all three routes will be covered by April when the rest of Virgin’s Boeing 777 fleet has been kitted out Flynn says.

While yet to reveal how much passengers will pay to stay connected Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti told Australian Business Traveler that the airline intends to “surprise and delight” passengers with a range of options.

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