Cathay Pacific's inflight Internet service will be rolled out across its Boeing 777-300ER fleet starting this month, with the first of the WiFi-enabled flagship jets taking wing towards the end of June.
Pricing will be identical to that of Cathay's Airbus A350s, which come with inbuilt WiFi, at the following rates:
- US$10 ($A13) for one hour
- US$13 (A$17) for up to six hours
- US$20 (A$26) for over six hours, through to the entire flight
However, connections on board the Boeing 777s will be much faster compared to the A350 due to their use of a double-bandwidth 2Ku satellite system backed by Gogo.
Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg tells Australian Business Traveller that the WiFi upgrades "will be done as quite a fast pace" with priority given to the long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets.
The entire international fleet – including the Airbus A330s which fly to Australia – will be online by the end of 2020, "and that's really a function of the size of the fleet."
This will also include the Airbus A330s flown by regional airline Cathay Dragon on popular routes across Asia including mainland China and Japan.