Qantas is now offering free wireless Internet at the Qantas terminals at Sydney (T3), Melbourne (T1), Brisbane and Perth domestic airports.
The airline has ditched the previous paid access scheme, priced at $5 per hour, in favour of unshackling the service to make it free all travellers in the terminal.
There's already free wifi in all Qantas airport lounges, of course – and it's been a lot faster since January this year, when Optus took over the provision of lounge Internet services from Telstra and kicked the slow and unreliable connections up to a zippy 20Mbps.
The Red Roo is trumpeting the move as one of 91 Reasons To Fly With Us, although the remaining 90 "changes to the way we fly" don't bear too close an inspection.
For example, Qantas lounges are counted twice, as reasons #23 and #46 – as is the promise of 'more flights more often' (numbers 15 and 68).
The exact same description of mobile booking appears as both #2 and #85; and fast check-in (as afforded by Qantas Next-Generation Check-in system) is listed three times, as changes #18, #33 and #91.
And only a handful of the alleged 91 reasons to fly are actually new changes being introduced, as Qantas claims, so all up this is spin trumping susbtance.
But hey, free wifi throughout the Qantas terminals – we can get on board that boat!
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