Member since 04 Apr 2014
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On Saturday I did a 7hr flight from Boston to LAX on AA, with access to great in-flight WiFi via ViaSat. I could happily use cloud based business systems. Then Monday I did LAX - MEL with Qantas, obviously with no WiFi. Which frankly was a little frustrating and which got me thinking, should we expect decent in-flight WiFi these days and is it, or will it soon be, a consideration on which airline to book.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 16 Jun 2011
Total posts 227
Much of the enabling infrastructure is still being rolled out, so I think it will be a few years before you see it across fleets.
From what I recall, Qantas weren't thrilled with the current capabilities of the satellite services on Trans Pacific areas, and are waiting for the next generation to roll out. Providing the services domestically is a different story as they could leverage the NBN infrastructure
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
Becoming expected over land (where you have ground to air or high latest gen satellite density)
Member since 27 May 2017
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I feel like wifi is such a waste on fligths and isn't needed
Member since 29 Nov 2013
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My perspective is:
Member since 01 Sep 2018
Total posts 8
I count myself from the old school. Whether the flight is 1 hour or 10 hours, I have always enjoyed being forced to disconnect from the internet and my email inbox. It's a good time to power through some real work, or read a book if time permits.
Thanks for everyone’s comments. I suspect part of the reason I felt the need to ask is that so many of the systems we use at work these days are cloud based, so I’m relying on servers to dish up the data and information I use at work. And despite also being of the old school, i.e. liking to be ‘offline’ when in the air, the reality is at least some of that travel time is still work time, even (or especially) on a 15 hour overnight transpacific flight.
Member since 24 Aug 2017
Total posts 21
I just used the in-flight Wi-Fi to complain to my wife about how yet another one of my flights got delayed. And also to complain to my mates about how Bohemian Rhapsody is actually a mediocre movie if you remove the songs from it.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
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Luxury - no
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 267
The biggest issue is airlines rolling it out across its entire fleet of aircraft, instead of having big holes like we have with QF and it’s 717’s. I am sure airlines will still have gaps in older aircraft as well, where they don’t see value in the cost of installations. I still think for many years we will jump on a plane expecting WI-FI and for some reason it won’t be provided, which will be frustrating.
Member since 05 Oct 2011
Total posts 115
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 150
I fly premium classes so I can get work done, and will chose flights with wifi over those without. It's a necessity.
That’s true of GoGo equipped aircraft but Viasat is satellite based, American is using it on all their new 737 Max 8’s and are converting many of their older -800’s as well. The aircraft I was on was one of these converted -800’s.
Member since 10 Jan 2012
Total posts 104
If flying to the US and wanting to use wifi, you can fly VA, NZ, UA or AA.
Member since 08 Mar 2018
Total posts 1
Somehow we all survived before planes had wifi and indeed before the internet itself. It seems that the more ubiquitous the internet becomes, the less opportunity we have to escape even for a moment from it. Perhaps we will come to a point where we will be unable to disconnect from the internet at all.
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