Emirates has announced that it will be switching on a Wi-Fi service on board its A380 aircraft in October as its partner, OnAir, has gained authorisation to enable the connectivity service within Australian air space.
In addition, Emirates will install a satellite phone alongside email and SMS services in every seat on board the A380. They will use EDGE/GPRS.
The connectivity arrives in time for Emirates’ new A380 services operating out of Melbourne to Auckland and Dubai, beginning October 2.
“Emirates’ goal is to ensure maximum comfort and choice for passengers during their inflight entertainment, communications and information experience,” Emirates corporate communications product, publishing, digital and events vice-president, Patrick Brannelly, said.
The airline has also announced that in 2013, the A380 will receive larger screens: 27-inch for first class, 20-inch in business, and 12.1-inch in economy. These will have a graphical user interface that will allow customers to move around the entertainment system by ‘swiping’ or ‘scrolling.’