In-flight Wi-Fi is an expensive undertaking for airlines that can stand to wait for future profits, a luxury that Qantas couldn’t afford but Etihad is more than able to swallow.
The news came only hours after Qantas announced it was killing all future forays into connectivity after a nine-month trial. The Australian airline cited a lackluster response from flyers as the primary reason for the cancellation.
Etihad joins Emirates and Singapore Airlines in offering inflight Internet on flights in and out of Australia. The “Wi-Fly,” which will be available on the airline’s Airbus A330-200 fleet, will cost $25 for a 24-hour pass or $14 for one hour. First Class passengers can access the Internet for free.
Narrow-body aircraft will have data and mobile phone connectivity, while wide-body aircraft will be equipped with broadband Internet services.