February 20 2017  |  Inflight Entertainment

Qantas offers three popular entertainment services

By Rick Lundstrom

Qantas Airways passengers on Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch Foxtel, Netflix and listen toHome page on Qantas Wi-Fi system music on Spotify with speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional inflight Wi-Fi, the airline announced last week.

Qantas will offer passengers video and audio streaming when the service is switched on its first domestic aircraft in late February. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic 737 and A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.

“The faster 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,” said a release from Qantas. “The service uses idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellite’s 101 spot beams across Australia.

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.”

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.

Foxtel will offer three days free access to its Foxtel app every time a passenger flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required. Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge. Spotify will offer a 30 day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips.

Both Netflix and Spotify require passengers to sign up to a subscription to access the free trial.

Passengers will log on to the Qantas inflight Wi-Fi with their own devices, and will be greeted by a landing page with a range of options. As well as links to access Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel, this page will feature real-time flight data; hotel, restaurant and transport options at your destination; the latest weather; and personalised information linked to your itinerary and Frequent Flyer account. Streaming of Sky News Australia will also be available.

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.




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