Emirates Airlines to introduce Wi-Fi to flights
Emirates Airlines recently announced that it plans to introduce wi-fi and in-flight calling across its entire A380 fleet.
According to The Independent, all of the double-decker aircrafts will be equipped with an internet system that will allow passengers online via wi-fi. Passengers should expect to see the new wi-fi system starting in 2011, although full connectivity, which would allow for voice calls and iPhone/iPad Internet access, will be available in mid-2012.
The airline said that it will use satellite technology to allow passengers to access the Internet on domestic and intercontinental flights, according to the news source
This announcement means that Emirates may become the first major airline to offer full connectivity services to its passengers, which is significant in terms of the number of passengers that would have access to the in-flight perk.
Cathay Pacific announced earlier that it would equip its planes with Internet and telephone access, however, it is not scheduled to launch until well into 2012, according to the airlines site. Air New Zealand also announce wi-fi plans, however they are still waiting for their new Airbus to arrive in November to begin starting the process.
Emirates Airlines, headquartered in Dubai, is set to have a fleet of 90 Airbus A380s by 2017, according to the news source.