Qantas passengers on domestic flights will be able to access Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify when it launches its in-flight Wi-Fi services later this year.
Foxtel is an Australian pay-TV company, Netflix provides streaming media and video-on-demand online, Spotify is a way to listen to music.
To use the service passengers will have to use their own device.
The airline will launch Wi-Fi on one domestic aircraft in late February 2017. The rest of the domestic fleet will follow from mid-2017 onwards.
Qantas says its Wi-Fi will be up to 10 times faster than conventional inflight Wi-Fi, so passengers will be able stream video and audio
The faster connection speeds are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster™ satellite service. The service uses idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellite’s 101 spot beams across Australia.
While Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify are all paid subscription services, they will offer free access to Qantas passengers on and off the aircraft for between three days and one month after their Qantas flight.
Netflix and Spotify require passengers to sign-up to a subscription to access the free trial.
The service will also show other information, including:
- real-time flight data
- hotel, restaurant and transport options
- the latest weather
- personalised information linked to a passenger
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