AUSTRIAN Begins WiFi Rollout With Free Trial

AUSTRIAN Begins WiFi Rollout With Free Trial

Austrian provided an update today as it relates to the introduction of Wifi aboard their Airbus fleet.

As part of a broader roll out, Austrian now has outfitted 10 narrow-body Airbus aircraft with Wifi capability and has ‘turned on’ the ability in 4 of these aircraft for a trial period with passengers.   During the trial period, passengers will be able to access the service for no charge.

As the service becomes available on the remaining 6 aircraft, Austrian will introduce a 3-tiered cost structure based on the kind of service that the passenger selects:

FlyNet Messaging will enable passengers to access their e-mail, chat services such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and others.   FlyNet messaging will cost €3 per flight.

FlyNet Surf will include FlyNet Messaging as well as the ability to surf the internet via the passenger’s smart device or laptop.   FlyNet Surf will cost €7 per flight.

FlyNet Stream will include ‘Messaging’ and ‘Surf’ as well as the ability to video to their device.   FlyNet Stream will cost €12 per flight.

Austrian has made it its policy to prevent these services from allowing voice-calls to be made while using FlyNet.   A very good idea if you ask me.

Austrian expects the trial period to end in the in next few weeks for the 4 aircraft currently being used to test the connectivity.    Once that trial is complete, Austrian will ‘turn on’ the FlyNet service aboard the other 6 Airbus aircraft later this quarter.

I suspect that further announcements will be made relatively soon regarding the expansion of the service to the rest of the ‘OS’ fleet.

 

AUSTRIAN Expands European Timetable For Spring/Summer

AUSTRIAN Expands European Timetable For Spring/Summer

Austrian has updated their timetable to reflect a modest increase to their Spring / Summer timetable for this year. 

 

Beginning on March 26, the following changes take effect:

Vienna – Hamburg will increase from 3x/day to 4x/day

Vienna – Milan Malpensa will increase from 4x/day to 6x/day

Vienna – Paris (CDG) will increase from 3x/day to 4x/day

Vienna – Stockholm will increase from 3x/day to 4x/day

Vienna – Zurich will increase from 4x/day to 7x/day
 

 


 

LUFTHANSA Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Worldwide

LUFTHANSA Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Worldwide

Expanding on their initial ban of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 aboard flights between the US and Europe, Lufthansa has now banned this ‘Smart Tinderbox’ from all flights on their timetable worldwide.  The Lufthansa bans cover the phone being brought into the cabin and as well as being place in checked luggage.

The expansion of the ban comes after the FAA has made it a Federal crime to bring the phone aboard any flight operating to, from, or within the USA.  Offenders are subject to civil penalties of up to approximately $180,000.  Don’t even try to ship it via Air Mail, that’s been made a crime as well!

The ban applies to all Lufthansa Group Airlines and is effective immediately.

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