Finnair long-haul Wi-Fi by May 2017

Wireless connection for all of Finnair’s long-haul fleet
Last year Finnair announced it would launch a wireless network connection for the majority of its wide and narrow-body aircraft. Now it says that installation is estimated to be ready on its long-haul fleet by May 2017.
The first wireless services were taken into use on Finnair’s planes at the end of last year, on the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The airline says it will begin the installation of Wi-Fi on its long-haul Airbus A330s tis coming October this year to meet next year’s deadline.
“In May 2017, our customers will be able to enjoy wireless network connection on board all of our long-haul fleet,” pledged Piia Karhu, head of customer experience development. “In addition to internet access, we will have a broad offering of inflight entertainment, shopping opportunities, real-time news content and other additional services in Finnair’s free-of-charge Nordic Sky portal.”
Panasonic Avionics Corporation supplies the connection for the A350 fleet and has been chosen as the supplier of the wireless connection on the Airbus A330s. The connection will be achieved by Ku band satellite technology, which guarantees a working global network connection during a flight.
Wireless access is free to business class passengers, Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum customers, as well as oneworld Sapphire and Emerald customers. But those in economy class will have to buy it, at €5 per hour or €15 for the duration of the flight.
TTG Nordic

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