Qatar Airways is to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard its flights.
Until now, internet connection was only permitted when an aircraft was higher than 3,000 metres above sea level.
But a decision by Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) will allow the provision of Internet service onboard aircraft at all altitudes.
This means Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard aircraft.
Improvements in technology and developments in global technical standards now ensure that on board internet service does not cause harmful interference to either aircraft operations or land-based public mobile networks.
However to avoid any interference to aircraft and land-based mobile services, restrictions still apply to the on board use of mobile GSM services and SMS when the aircraft is below 3,000 metres.
While on board, passengers can continue to enjoy Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, which offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more.
Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B777, B787, A350, A380, and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the airline’s onboard Wi-Fi service.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker:
“In another first for the MENA region, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted internet connectivity from the moment they step on board a Qatar Airways flight. This is another significant enhancement to our award-winning levels of service that our passengers around the globe have come to appreciate. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board and helping them stay connected throughout the flight.”
About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. It’s base is Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha.
The airline operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, with 200 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Routes: Over 150 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania.
Fleet: Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of more than 170 passenger aircraft, comprising:
- 2 Airbus A319LR
- 39 Airbus A320
- 7 Airbus A321
- 26 Airbus A330
- 4 Airbus A340
- 22 Airbus A350
- 9 Airbus A380
- 50 Boeing 777
- 30 Boeing 787
(Details from qatarairways.com on 21 April 2018)
N.B. Image credit: Qatar Airways