Qantas will tomorrow begin an eight week trial of wireless internet service on A380 flights to and from the US.
Six of the airline’s A380s will be equipped with wi-fi during the trail, with internet connection available on flights between Sydney or Melbourne and Los Angeles. The service will initially be provided free of charge to first and business class passengers and will later be available at cost to economy passengers.
“The eight week trial will give customers the opportunity to access the internet in exactly the same way as a terrestrial wi-fi hotspot in which customers can pay with their credit card and surf the internet,” Qantas executive manager for customer experience Alison Webster said.
The A380 trial follows a more limited test run of in-flight wi-fi on selected domestic flights.
The moves come as Qantas heads toward a larger overhaul of inflight entertainment options built around wireless connections.