Singapore Airlines has officially joined the inflight Internet club, with sky-high surfing now available on 14 SQ aircraft ahead of a fleet-wide rollout over the next two years.
The service was soft-launched in April this year with the fitout of a limited number of Airbus A380s and A340-500s.
“We will be progressively equipping all our A340-500s, A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs with the (satellite Internet) technology” a Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller.
The inflight Internet service is already running on five Airbus A340s which run a non-stop business class-only service between Singapore and the USA.
Singapore Airlines is using a satellite-based OnAir system and there are two plans are available: US$10 buys you 10MB of data, and for US$25 you get 30MB.
And there are no freebies on board, even if you’re installed in SQ’s ritzy Suites – everybody pays for their slice of sky-high surfing.
The Singapore flag-carrier is running a year behind schedule, having announced in October 2010 that it would introduce the service “from as early as the first half of 2011.”
It now seems that 2012 will be the long-awaited Year of Inflight Internet for international flights.
Emirates finished upgrading all its Airbus A380s with satellite Internet in March, including all flights to and from Australia.
Earlier this year saw Qantas began trials of inflight Internet on its daily Airbus A380 flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles – read our exclusive hands-on review of the service.
And United Airlines plans to launch inflight Internet on its Boeing 747 flights between Australia and the US sometime this year, along with the introduction of streaming video and music for passenger's own devices such as tablets and laptops.
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