Air New Zealand to introduce inflight wifi
Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon today announced at a media and travel trade event in Sydney that flights between Australia and New Zealand would be the first to receive connectivity.
“Air New Zealand is in the final stages of commercial negotiations with Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics with internet connectivity to be supplied by Inmarsat’s new global GX satellite constellation and integrated with Air New Zealand’s in-cabin Panasonic Avionics technology. Proving flights will begin in the second half of 2017 and world-class internet services progressively available on Tasman, Pacific Island and long haul jet fleets from the end of next year,” Mr Luxon says.
Domestic New Zealand jet services are likely to offer a wifi service from 2018.
“Given Air New Zealand operates some of the longest flights in the world, and in oceanic areas where there has historically been poor quality satellite service, we have patiently worked with partners until comfortable that a service which meets the high expectations of our customers is available,” he says.
“Proving flights on a partner company test aircraft have now given us the confidence to introduce what we believe will be the world’s most reliable inflight connectivity. Customers will be able to use their social media channels, stay on top of emails and browse the internet.
“Our new system will also allow us to enhance real time features within our state of the art Inflight Entertainment System as well as providing our flight crew with an enhanced ability to manage customer requests related to their ground travel.”
Chief Digital Officer Avi Golan says Air New Zealand is committed to enhancing customer journeys by leveraging the latest technology in the air and on the ground.
“We are working to bring digital innovations to every step of the customer journey and it will be exciting to see inflight wifi come to life for customers right across the Air New Zealand global network,” Mr Golan says.
Air New Zealand expects to release details of the operating business model in the first half of 2017.
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