Virgin Australia Unveils International In-flight WiFi
We’re looking forward to our next overseas flight with Virgin Australia as they’ve just announced today that they are rolling out in-flight WiFi on International flights; starting with flights between Australia and Los Angeles. Internet connectivity has been fitted on all of Virgin’s Boeing 777 fleet and ten of their Boeing 737s. Virgin has scheduled to complete the integration across all of their aircraft by early 2019.
Virgin asked passengers how they felt when they were in the sky and offline. 70 percent of Australians felt frustrated when they couldn’t access the internet during a flight, while 65 percent felt overwhelmed trying to get through the missed emails, messages and other notifications when they landed. This is great news for business passengers as they will get to catch up on emails so that they aren’t bombarded with a backlog upon arrival. And holidayers can make use of the flight time to research their destination a little more.
Speed-wise the in-flight WiFi will sit at a stable 1Mbps, which is enough for accessing email, messaging services and social media. Unfortunately, at this stage, the system will block services that use significant bandwidth such as Netflix and Stan, and video calling services like Skype and FaceTime.
Pricing is $8.99 for one hour or $19.99 for the duration of your journey.