Virgin Australia plans to extend its inflight Internet service onto Boeing 777 flights to the USA and Airbus A330 services to Hong Kong and China, following a roll-out of the WiFi service across its domestic fleet.
The airline has started work fitting the ncessary satellite tech to its Boeing 737 fleet, which mainly flies routes within Australia but also darts across the Tasman to New Zealand.
Virgin has also pledged to provide "a base level of free WiFi to all of our guests on domestic flights", with the option to pay for a 'premium' service.
The international Boeing 777 fleet will start to see WiFi onboard from October, although even with just five jets it's going to be a slow process – Virgin expects the entire Boeing 777 fleet won't be wired (or rather, unwired) until the end of 2018, along with "the majority of Boeing 737 aircraft."
The Airbus A330s will also have to take their turn in the queue, with these jets not kitted out until the second half of 2019.
“We want to provide the world’s most rewarding travel experience and we know that enabling our guests to remain connected while flying is central to that," said Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti.
Australian flights will rely on a satellite from telco Optus, while international services will tap into a seperate network of satellites through service provider Gogo.
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