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Lufthansa to start wifi access on short-haul flights

Lufthansa has confirmed it will offer Internet on short-haul flights by April this year.

The airline said in the first quarter the number of aircraft fitted with access will rise to around 20, with plans to equip its entire A320 fleet by the middle of 2018.

The re-fitting of all 31 aircraft at Austrian Airlines is planned to be completed before the end of 2017. Eurowings also has plans to bring the Internet on board by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Lufthansa passengers can gain wifi access using their own devices for services including email and video streaming.

Passengers will choose between three different packages –Message (3 Euros), Surf (7 Euros) and Stream (12 Euros). Packages can be paid for by credit card or Paypal.

Harry Hohmeister, member of the board of directors of Deutsche Lufthansa, said: "I am pleased that we can soon offer broadband Internet to our passengers on inner-European flights, giving them the chance to have a seamless digital experience.

“Since the launch of Lufthansa Flynet, it has been our goal to offer added value on board to our customers through innovation - and that also includes our Internet provision.”

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