Aer Lingus officially launches Wi-Fi access on transatlantic flights

Sunday 06 October 2013 23.36
Aer Lingus will be the second European airline to introduce wireless internet access on flights to the US
Aer Lingus will be the second European airline to introduce wireless internet access on flights to the US

After several months of trials, Aer Lingus officially launches Wi-Fi access and Global System for Mobile Communications services on its transatlantic flights from tomorrow.

The company will be the second European airline, after Germany's Lufthansa, to introduce wireless internet access on flights to the US.

Seven Airbus A330 aircraft have been fitted with satellite technology provided by Panasonic Corporation.

Customers can connect to the Aer Lingus Wi-Fi network using their own personal devices including laptops, tablets, mobiles and smart phones.

In addition, GSM services will be offered in co-operation with AeroMobile.

Voice calls will not be permitted.

The service is complimentary to business class customers and prices start at €10.95 for other passengers.

Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kavanagh said, "Aer Lingus is at the forefront of in-cabin internet access, being just the second European airline to introduce internet access on transatlantic flights.

“This is another choice we are offering our customers to enhance their Aer Lingus experience. Having direct internet access on flights of up to ten hours in duration, will be of huge benefit to our customers, in particular to business customers," he said.

While in-flight Wi-Fi is fairly common on domestic US carriers, its availability on flights elsewhere in the world has been growing at a much slower rate.