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Aer Lingus roll out Wifi

A statement from the carrier’s owner International Airlines Group (IAG) revealed that the service will be rolled out in the early part of 2017.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “We are giving our customers the fastest connectivity you can get on any aircraft.

IAG said the technology will offer customers internet access on their own mobile devices and they will have bandwidth capacity to use multiple devices at the same time.
The company said connection speeds will be similar to what customers are used to at home.
The price of the service has not yet been finalised, neither has the exact launch date for the Wi-Fi on Aer Lingus planes.

The carrier’s competitor Ryanair has said it plans to introduce Wi-Fi to its fleet within two years.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “The European Aviation Network is a game changer for the millions of airline passengers that have been cut-off from fast, reliable and consistent broadband access during flights in Europe. It will provide IAG airlines with unprecedented high-speed capacity by combining the strengths of Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity with a powerful ground network operated by our partner Deutsche Telekom. We look forward to working with Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling on the rollout”.

 The first shorthaul aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity – a British Airways A321- will be in service next summer. Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling aircraft will follow later in 2017.
By 2019, 90 per cent of IAG airlines’ fleets will be fitted with high quality connectivity.