SYDNEY, 16 February 2017: Qantas passengers on Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch their favourite shows, avoid missing out on live sport and listen to almost any song they like, with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify coming on-board to provide content in 2017.
The new service will switch on its first aircraft in late February. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.
The super fast connection speeds – which enable streaming – are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster satellite service and represents a significant upgrade over older satellite technology accessed by most airlines around the world.
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Qantas Group executive of brand, marketing and corporate affairs, Olivia Wirth, said that fast, free internet will open up a huge range of options for customers inflight.
“We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi, but what many people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema,” said Wirth.
While Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify are all paid subscription services, they will offer free access to Qantas customers on and off the aircraft for between three days and one month after their Qantas flight.
Both Netflix and Spotify require customers to sign-up to a subscription to access the free trial post-flight.
Qantas is in discussion with a range of content partners on ways to improve the on board experience using Wi-Fi.
In November 2016, Qantas installed ViaSat satellite-receiving equipment on its first 737 to be Wi-Fi enabled. Hardware and software testing is underway on this aircraft, ahead of the service being switched on for customers soon.