Qantas will offer free live streams from Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel on its new inflight Internet service which is expected to launch later this month.
Passengers on the single Boeing 737-800 that's been kitted out to trial sky-high WiFi will use their own tablets or smartphones to tap into content from Qantas' three new partners.
Netflix and Spotify will tempt Qantas passengers to sign up with the promise of their usual free 30-day trials, while Foxtel will offer three days of free streaming via its app following each flight.
A live feed of Sky News Australia will also be available.
In addition to streaming content the Qantas inflight feed will also deliver flight path information and hotel, restaurant and transport options at the destination.
"We know that email, online shopping, and general Web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on WiFi" predicts Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth, "but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema."
Qantas says the satellite-based connection will be fast enough to provide broadband speeds to every device on board the Boeing 737, which will be most often seen on popular routes between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
An Airbus A330 will join the trial mid-year to assess usage and demand on east-west routes, with the rest of the domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 fleet expected to be kitted out by the second half of 2018. International routes will be trialled after the domestic rollout.