October 28 2019  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Vueling to debut high-speed Wi-Fi powered by EAN

By Rick Lundstrom

Fast broadband service in the low-cost carrier market is now flying on Vueling

The European Aviation Network (EAN) is now available to passengers flying with European airline Vueling, marking the much-awaited debut of fast broadband service in the low-cost carrier market.

Vueling began a soft launch of its new inflight broadband service, powered by EAN, on five initial short-haul aircraft. The rollout will continue, with installation on its fleet of more than 110 A319, A320 and A321 aircraft by early next year.

Passengers purchasing Wi-Fi on Vueling flights will have access to a range of packages, including ‘Fly and Chat’ for messaging, ‘Fly and Surf’ for browsing and ‘Fly and More’ for streaming. EAN’s integrated system delivers consistent Wi-Fi that enables passengers to seamlessly browse the Internet, stream videos, check social media, enjoy real-time interactive applications such as gaming and more.

Vueling is the third airline to make the award-winning connectivity solution available to passengers. In total, EAN can now be accessed on more than 250 routes covering key destinations across Europe, including London, Madrid, Barcelona, Geneva and Rome. To date, almost 5 million passengers have traveled on more than 35,000 flights with access to EAN.

Developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom (DT) in partnership with leading European companies such as Thales, Nokia, Airbus, Cobham and EAD Aerospace, EAN inflight broadband on Vueling flights supports the airline’s ‘NEXT’ transformation program, which includes significant investments in customer experience, operations resilience and digital innovation.

Calum Laming, Chief Customer Officer of Vueling, said in a press release today: “Our studies have shown that inflight Wi-Fi connection is an important factor that is valued by customers. Vueling is a leading airline in innovation and now, the connectivity needs of our customers will also be covered during flights using the European Aviation Network, thus enriching their experience on board."

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