IAG to offer Wi-Fi on short-haul flights from 2017

International Airlines Group (IAG) said it will start to provide Wi-Fi across its airlines’ short-haul fleets starting from next year.

IAG said it has signed a deal with satellite company Immarsat to be the launch customer for a service which will offer a 4G network onboard.

The service will be available for British Airways’ passengers from next summer, while its other airlines (Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling) would be equipped with the technology from later in 2017.

This move comes as rival carriers, such as Lufthansa, started offering Wi-Fi connections for passengers as the demand to stay connected while in the air increases.
IAG had already announced it would start providing Wi-Fi connections on its long-haul flights and that by 2019 90% of its airlines’ fleets would be fitted with the connectivity equipment. 


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