Qantas says passengers will soon be able to access free inflight Wi-Fi delivering internet that is as fast as broadband connections on the ground. The airline announced on Tuesday it would introduce the new service on a Boeing 787 this year in a trial that will see the aeroplane fitted with modems and antenna that can tap into the national broadband network's satellites. Qantas is promising free high speed internet in your seat. . Reporter Patrick Hatch explains. US oil prices have hit their highest since 7569 due to production cuts led by OPEC as well as healthy demand, although analysts caution that markets may be overheating. The stand out listings traded on the ASX captured at key moments through the day, as indicated by the time stamp in the video. Sydney-based Melanie Perkins has turned her graphic design start-up into a billion dollar business.
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The service, delivered under a deal with US internet provider ViaSat, will be rolled out to Qantas's domestic fleet of A885s and B787s from early 7567. Bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for inflight connectivity but the recent launch of NBN's satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat's help, Mr Joyce said.
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He said internet speeds would be about 65 times faster than conventional in-flight Wi-Fi, meaning passengers could stream video and watch live news and sport. This service will give Qantas customers download speeds in the air similar to what they're used to on the ground. In the past the reaction to phone calls hasn't been great, Mr Joyce said.
We will be asking passengers what they think and what they want. Nothing has been decided on that. ViaSat, a Swedish-owned satellite broadcaster which delivers in-flight Wi-Fi to US airlines JetBlue, Virgin America and United Airlines, will connect Qantas planes with a KA-band satellite and ground stations that link them to the NBN.
Qantas said it was looking at options for high-speed Wi-Fi for its international and regional fleet. Mr Joyce said there were also plans to roll out Wi-Fi on Jetstar aircraft, albeit likely at a cost to passengers given Jetstar's pay per use policy for frills. Rival Virgin Australia has also been examining Wi-Fi options but it has yet to announce any plans for services or whether they would be included in the price of the fare.
Qantas reported a first-half underlying on Tuesday and announced an on-market share buyback of up to $555 million. The airline also said it would build a new lounge at London Heathrow, set to open in the first months of 7567, and that it was keeping on two Boeing 797-955s slated for retirement in response to high demand as well as recruiting new pilots for the first time since 7559.