Qantas passengers can look forward to streaming their favourite movies and TV shows whilst in the sky, with world-leading inflight wi-fi available from next year.
Under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that will tap into the nbn™ network, the new service will feature speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board wi-fi.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the goal was to make Australia home to the world’s best inflight wi-fi experience.
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“Bringing high-speed wi-fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen,” Mr Joyce said.
“This service will give Qantas customers download speeds in the air similar to what they’re used to on the ground,” Mr Joyce said.
“You won’t be limited to checking your email or Facebook – it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online.
Qantas is also examining options for high-speed wi-fi across its international and regional fleet.
The announcement comes after Qantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $921 million and a statutory profit before tax of $983 million for the six months ended 31 December 2015.