11. February 2011 09:08
The Norwegian Air Shuttle has launched its first plane that is equipped with the wifi internet facility. As promotional pack, the airlines will provide these services free of cost to all the passengers traveling through this flight.
This has made the airline first in Europe to provide high-speed broadband service on flights. SAS airline will be the second to launch the service in April 2011.
According to the airline management, there will be 11 aircrafts that will be fitted with in-flight internet by the summer season. The yearend will see 21 planes equipped with the internet services, and by 2012 41 aircrafts will be installed with wifi equipment.
The airline management also said that initially the service will be provided to all the passengers free of cost, but it mentioned that the cost of wifi onboard will be not be higher than the cost on ground. Unlimited internet service will be provided to all the passengers but will make sure that all the passengers enjoy the good surfing experience onboard. The inappropriate content as well as VoIP applications will be filtered to avoid any misuse.
The wifi service will be provided on the entire airline network across the world. The passengers will also be informed two hours before departure about the availability of the featured service.
The United States firm Row 44 will supply the wifi services to the Norwegian carrier. Currently the company provides wifi technology to the Southwest Airlines.