Aeroflot to offer OnAir’s satellite-based onboard Wi-Fi service on 26 long-haul aircraft
According to Aeroflot, the Russian carrier plans to introduce Wi-Fi Internet access on board its long-haul aircraft this year. The service should be available on 26 long-haul airplanes by the end of the year.
The airline added that 15 aircraft (12 A330’s and three Boeing 777’s) will be equipped with connectivity via satellite by the end of Q1, with the service rolling out on an additional 777 and ten A330’s soon afterwards.
Aeroflot is developing its inflight connectivity program in partnership with OnAir, a France-based global inflight connectivity services provider owned jointly by global IT solutions provider SITA and Airbus, using Inmarsat’s satellite networks.
After this year, Aeroflot plans to continue expanding its onboard Wi-Fi Internet program with installations planned for another 777 in 2014, three 777’s in 2015 and three more in 2016.
This OnAir Internet access system has been successfully tested in the sky, says Aeroflot, and is already available on five of the carrier’s A330 jets.
“Our aim is to make Wi-Fi access available on all our long-haul aircraft,” said Vitaly Saveliev, Aeroflot CEO. “The ongoing program pursues our two key development strategy goals: to introduce the newest technologies in all spheres of our company and to enter the list of the world’s leading air carriers in the quality of passengers’ service.”