ETW Staff– Mumbai
Etihad Airways has deployed mobile and internet connectivity across its entire fleet of 24 Boeing 777 passenger aircraft. This comes months before the airline’s entire fleet of 89 passenger aircraft is connected.
The full suite of inflight connectivity services on the fleet includes Wi-Fi, mobile services and Live TV. The services combine the ‘Etihad Wi-Fly’ solution, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Global Communications Suite, and OnAir’s inflight connectivity solution.
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer, Etihad Airways, said, “We are a global market leader in terms of onboard connectivity solutions. We believe that onboard connectivity is an important competitive differentiator for our guests and are continuously introducing new communications technology to enhance their travel experience. The roll out of our state-of-the-art connectivity solution will give our modern connected guests a seamless, robust experience at 35,000 feet, similar to what they expect at home or work.”
Passengers will be able to enjoy high-speed broadband services on Wi-Fi enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops, allowing them to surf the internet, update social media, purchase gifts, upgrade seats, change travel plans and much more, all from the comfort of their seat. The mobile connectivity service can be accessed by using mobile phones and smartphones to make and receive phone-calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and use mobile data services.
The Live TV onboard service allows passengers to watch live news and major sporting events on seven popular television channels including BBC World News, CNBC, CNN, euronews, Japan’s NHK World Premium, Sky News Arabia, and Sport 24.