SAS has launched a new inflight wifi service which it says is “more stable, stronger and faster than many other solutions found in the industry today”.

The high-speed wifi connection is now available on 28 short and medium-haul aircraft, with around 40 aircraft to be fitted by September – the carrier says it expects “the vast majority of its fleet” to be fitted with the technology by the first quarter of 2020.

Customers travelling on SAS Plus fares, as well as Eurobonus Diamond and Gold members, can access the service free of charge, while Silver Eurobonus members can enjoy complimentary access until August 19.

Other customers travelling on Go fares will be charged €4.90 per flight, and all passengers can access the SAS onboard portal via the SAS app, with free access to the carrier’s websites and online magazine

SAS says the new Viasat service is “ten times faster than traditional wifi onboard”, enabling customers to “stream their favorite movies, use social media, send images from their seat or answer their emails”.

Commenting on the launch Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS said:

“We have made a big investment that will ensure that our customers enjoy the best inflight experience. Together with our recent fleet order, this will strengthen SAS’ competitiveness even further and maintain our strong position in the Scandinavian market.

“Fast and stable wifi connection is a service passengers ask for today. Regardless if you want to watch a movie, stay connected with friends and family or work onboard, you require a reliable highspeed connection. By this investment we continue to deliver on our promise to make life easier for our customers.”