Dubai-based Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch Wi-Fi services across its fleet of A380 jumbo jets, becoming the latest carrier in the region to ramp up its in-flight entertainment offerings.
The carrier said the Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, being launched with service provider OnAir, will enable passengers to “surf, share, email, or tweet their way across the Emirates network.” The new service will initially be available on 11 of the airline’s 19 A380s but will eventually be rolled out across the entire fleet, including the 71 Emirates A380s on order, the airline said.
An increasing number of Middle East carriers have been rolling out new and improved in-flight entertainments systems to keep in step with the latest technology being developed for the aviation sector. Last month, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways signed a deal with Panasonic worth more than $1bn to provide broadband internet, mobile phone services and live television on its entire fleet of existing and to-be-delivered wide body aircraft. More info