Today, Virgin Australia announced that it will be the first Australian airline to offer Wi-Fi on international flights. The airline also announced that they will offer a base-level of free Wi-Fi service to all of its passengers on domestic flights. Gogo is proud to be Virgin Australia’s connectivity partner and began rolling-out its 2Ku technology on their aircraft earlier this year.
Once the rollout is complete, more than 90 percent of Virgin Australia’s entire fleet will be fitted with Gogo’s 2Ku solution on both domestic and international aircraft. Passengers will be able to check emails and social media, send text messages, catch up on the day’s news, or stream movies and TV shows.
The airline is now rolling out Gogo’s 2Ku solution on its Boeing 737 aircraft, with Boeing 777 aircraft to commence in October. By the end of 2018, Virgin Australia expects to have inflight wi-fi on all Boeing 777 aircraft and the majority of Boeing 737 aircraft, with the Airbus A330 aircraft due for completion by the second half of 2019.
Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti said: “We’ve chosen to partner with leading inflight connectivity provider, Gogo, who delivers inflight wi-fi to airlines around the world including Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and British Airways. Through this service, our guests will be able to access a fast and reliable wi-fi experience on board.”
This exciting announcement marks the second airline partner to offer free Wi-Fi on domestic flights, following JAL.