Etihad to offer onboard wifi by the end of this year

30 Sep 2011

Etihad Airways is the latest carrier to jump onto the onboard wifi bandwagon. The airline’s chief executive, James Hogan, said: “I can tell you that Etihad will have two aircraft with operational onboard internet by December this year, and five aircraft by March 2012.”

Of the five aircraft equipped with the service, three will be the Airbus A330-300s operating between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Munich and Paris.

“And, we are right at the point now of settling on a fleet-wide connectivity solution for the years to come,” Hogan added. 

The service will be available for all passengers, regardless of class of travel, although prices for the service have yet to be announced. 

Other carriers that have recently announced onboard connectivity offerings include Japan Airlines (see story here), set to roll out the service from mid-2012, and Qatar (see story here), which will equip its fleet of A350XWB with onboard wifi from 2013 onwards.

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Alisha Haridasani

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