Lufthansa set to offer Wi-Fi aboard aircrafts

Lufthansa will be the first European carrier to introduce Wi-Fi on short and medium-haul flights.

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Travellers aboard Delta Air and Emirates have in the recent past been able to enjoy internet services while aboard aircrafts, and now German airline, Lufthansa is set to tow this line.

Lufthansa will be the first European carrier to introduce Wi-Fi on short and medium-haul flights. Internet aboard aircrafts is however expected to become standard across the industry in due time.

In the wake of the move, Lufthansa passengers will be able to use their smart phones to browse the internet, update social media and send messages on routes across the Continent and within Germany from next summer.

However, phone calls on apps such as Skype will not be allowed to maintain peace and quiet on aircraft.

The airline is promising to offer passengers in the skies “the same quality and speed of internet as they are used to at home”, with even video streaming possible.

This service is yet to receive a price tag, however.

To offer this service, Lufthansa has signed an agreement with German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom and UK satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat.

According to travel blog, eDreams, 55 airlines worldwide currently offer a variation of on-board Wi-Fi, with only 8 providing it for free.

Lufthansa spokesperson assured that the service is based on the most modern broadband satellite technology from Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.

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