Aeroflot Preps to Flip the Switch on In-Flight WiFi
There’s a little bit of an arms race going on in the former Soviet Union, as the country’s carriers are going all in when it comes to in-flight WiFi. Last year Transaero flipped the switch on some up in the air connectivity, and now it sounds like another carrier from Russia is getting in on the in-flight fun.
If all goes according to plan Aeroflot will be wiring the necessary bits and pieces right into their planes, as they look to get the in-flight WiFi up and running on plenty of planes before the end of the year. In total there will be like 26 planes getting the new technology, as it appears the airline will be initially focusing on some of their long-haul aircraft. Airbus A330s are up first, and then some Boeing 777s will get into the mix as well.
Aeroflot is already planning ahead, as they have WiFi-enabled Boeing 777s on the delivery list over the next three years—through like 2016. They’ve had some sort of service for a couple years now, but the latest push—thanks to the technology from OnAir—shows that they’re in it to win it. They’re already talking about eventually making WiFi available to all on pretty much each and every long-haul flight, so stay tuned for that.
[Photo: Kentaro IEMOTO@Tokyo]