Thai Airways Will Soon Bring In-Flight WiFi All the Way to Bangkok
At this point we’ve started to take in-flight WiFi for granted. We use it, we enjoy it, and we're beginning to expect it. The technology may still be hit or miss on some of those international long-haul flight options, but this week there’s another carrier looking to change that.
Thai Airways has been busy working behind the scenes to get their network up and running for what we imagine must have been a decent amount of time. There’s been one thing holding them back, however, and that’s been the government. Thankfully the carrier just got the necessary approvals, as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission just gave the carrier the go ahead to start utilizing those magical internet waves.
Thai's plans initially involved offerings both WiFi and cellular connectivity, but thanks to a complicated system in which cellular licenses are awarded—through like an auction or something—it’s just going to be up-in-the-air WiFi for Thai Airways.
Right now there’s still a bit of work to be done, as the carrier needs to pick a vendor for their in-flight connectivity. Options include Air Mobile from the United Kingdom or On Air from Switzerland. Either way, the signal should start flowing through the fuselage as early as later this month.