British Airways’ long-haul flights to get 70Mbps Wi-Fi

More than 100 British Airways planes are being fitted with high-speed internet connections.

Gogo’s 2Ku test aircraft: a 737-500

The IAG group, composed by Iberia, British Airways and Aer Lingus, has signed a deal with technology company Gogo to provide inflight connections with speeds comparable to ground-based broadband.

The technology, called 2Ku, claims to be able to provide up to 70Mbps internet speeds while in the air. The technology will be installed on some BA planes from 2017. 

The 70Mbps connection would be split amongst those connected on the flight, meaning actual speeds on individual devices will vary depending on how many people connect.  

Some BA Airbus planes will be fitted with the technology, as well as 747s, 777s and 787s. The Boeing 777-200 will get the most installations, with 46 aircraft being fitted with the broadband system.

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