Thai Airways is joining the rush for inflight Internet, with the first services due online by mid-year.
The Thai flag-carrier will install the OnAir satellite Internet system on six of its newest Airbus A380 aircraft and a further seven Airbus A330s, starting "by the end of Q2 2012" with roll-out across the entire fleet "completed by 2014".
Passengers connecting via Bangkok to Frankfurt will be the first to see Thai's A380 -- and thus inflight Internet -- when the airline receives its first superjumbo this year.
There'll be two separate options for using your devices over the OnAir system.
Internet OnAir works like any pay-to-use wifi hotspot you'd find in an airport or cafe: enter your credit card details (Thai hasn't revealed prices yet) and start surfing with your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Mobile OnAir is more akin to global roaming on your phone for making and receiving text messages, email, mobile data -- and, yes, phone calls. So unless you want to return home to a hefty data bill, make doubly sure your phone's roaming function is switched off.
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