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.

 

SWISS Bringing Enhancements To A330 & A340 Aircraft

SWISS Bringing Enhancements To A330 & A340 Aircraft

SWISS has announced that over the next 2 years, it will roll out upgrades and enhancements to the long haul fleet, focusing on their A330 and A340 aircraft.

WiFi!

Beginning in December, SWISS will begin to retrofit their 14 Airbus A330 aircraft with Wifi connectivity.   Obviously this will not happen overnight, but SWISS anticipates that all of their A330s will have the retrofit complete by the end of 2017.    Math suggests that approximately one aircraft per month will be taken out of circulation for a few days to complete the work.  WiFi is currently available only on SWISS 777 aircraft.

The A340….

SWISS has also stated that their A340s will receive the same First Class cabin as the Airbus A330.  The big advantage of the newer F product is the increased size of the television screen and an enhanced IFE system.     The fact that the seats will be brand new will also go a long way to refresh the cabins and give them a brand new look and feel.   WiFi is also planned during this upgrade.   SWISS expects that it will take through 2018 to complete this retrofit on their 10 A340 aircraft.

Related:  First Class Aboard SWISS A330

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