Finnair to install Wi-Fi on long-haul fleet by May 2017

Panasonic Avionics to supply Wi-Fi on all Finnair A330-300s

Finnair is to install Wi-Fi from Panasonic Avionics on all of its long-haul A330 aircraft.

The airline begins the installation of Wi-Fi on its long-haul Airbus A330 aircraft in October this year. It plans to finish the installation in May 2017.

Finnair first offered its first wireless services at the end of last year onboard its new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

It also introduced its state of the art Nordic Sky entertainment system on it its Airbus A350 XWB’.

Finnair has chosen Panasonic Avionics, which already supplies the connection for the A350 fleet, as the supplier of the wireless connection on Airbus A330 aircraft. The connection will use Ku band satellite technology, which guarantees a working global network connection during a flight.

Wireless Internet access is free to Business class passengers, Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum passengers, and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald level passengers. Economy class passengers can buy Internet access at an hourly rate (5 euro/hour) or for the duration of the flight (15 euro).

Piia Karhu, SVP, Customer Experience Development:

“In May 2017, our customers will be able to enjoy wireless network connection onboard all of our long-haul fleet. In addition to Internet access, we will have a broad offering of inflight entertainment, shopping opportunities, real-time news content and other additional services in Finnair’s free of charge Nordic Sky portal.”

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