Surfing above the clouds has now been introduced on Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines short-haul and mid-ranges flights. Services will be tested on ten Airbus A320s.
Send emails, access your work server, browse and even stream videos on short flights too. The service has already been introduced on the long haul flights and appears to be a great success.
Lufthansa received the Supplemental Type Certificate for the Airbus A320 fleet from the EASA just last summer. Up to 20 airliners will be fitted with the necessary equipment in the first quarter of 2017 with the aim to have the whole fleet kitted out by around the second quarter of 2018. The service uses the latest broadband satellite technology by Inmarsat network Global Xpress for a seamless connection. Fitting this equipment requires four days of downtime per aircraft.
Since the launch of Lufthansa Flynet, it has been our goal to offer added value on board to our customers through innovation – and that also includes our Internet provision”. – Harry Hohmeister, Board of Directors Lufthansa AG
This is the first step to introducing internet access on all inner-European routes. The test phase will entitle passengers to free internet services in the designated test airliners. These tests will be used to develop service packages priced at €3 (message), €7 (surf) or €12 (stream). Packages can be ordered and paid in-flight by credit card and even PayPal.
Lufthansa was the world’s first airline to introduce internet connectivity on all its long haul flights back in June 2015.