Virgin Blue chief John Borghetti says Australians are ready for inflight internet and his airline will offer it the instant infrastructure is available for it.
"[Australians] are ready for it, especially on longer sector journeys," he told Australian Business Traveller at Virgin Blue's financial presentation this afternoon.
"The big issue is not so much an airline issue -- it's an infrastructure issue," he said.
"If you fly on Virgin America from San Francisco to New York, for example, you could use live internet all the way because they have the infrastructure in place to let that happen."
"We're not there yet in Australia, but we believe in the next 2-3 years we will have that capability."
"As soon as that capability is available, you'll see us entering that space."
Coverage of Virgin Blue's overhaul
Australian Business Traveller's comprehensive coverage of 'the new Blue' also includes:
- New business class seats will launch in May on Sydney-Perth flights with 62 inches of legroom and seat-back video screens
- Virgin Blue will be opening three new domestic lounges, as well as upgrading the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane lounges, with Sydney getting a special fast-track lounge for premium passengers
- Stylish new uniforms for Virgin Blue flight attendants and crew which play up the airline’s palette of red, silver and purple
- The Velocity Rewards programme is set for an extensive overhaul, including a points tie-up with Etihad
Dan is a tech enthusiast who frequently qualifies for enhanced airport security screening due to the number of cords and gadgets stuffed into his cabin bag.