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Virgin Atlantic claims wifi milestone

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Virgin Atlantic says it has become the first European carrier to offer wifi across all of its aircraft.

The airline said it was now able to offer wifi on all 39 daily transatlantic flights operated by Virgin and joint venture partner Delta, which also owns 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin is using a combination of Panasonic and Gogo technology to offer wifi across the fleet of 39 aircraft.

Passengers flying on Virgin’s B787 Dreamliners can use Panasonic wifi services, which range for a “light” package offering up to 40MB of data from £4.99 to a “max” deal with up to 150MB of data priced at £14.99.

On all other aircraft, wifi is being supplied by Gogo with a “messaging pass” priced at £2.99, while one-hour internet access is £4.99 and “full flight” access costs £14.99.

Virgin said the most popular package so far has been its Wifi Max, which offers internet access throughout the flight, and has been purchased by 42 per cent of passengers.

Mark Anderson, executive vice president, customer for Virgin Atlantic, said: “Customers flying around the world with Virgin Atlantic can work and play throughout their flight as we become the first airline in Europe to offer a fully wifi-enabled fleet.”

“Innovation has always been in our blood and we’ve worked closely with wifi providers to develop the fastest, most reliable connection across the Atlantic, and are the first carrier to offer wifi between the UK and the Caribbean, China and Africa.”

Customers can start using Virgin’s wifi services once the aircraft has climbed above 10,000 feet.

virginatlantic.com

 

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