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Virgin Australia rolls out Wi-Fi for international flights

Posted: 5 June 2018 8:27 am
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All services to Los Angeles now offer in-flight connections.

Virgin Australia is ramping up its Wi-Fi offering, with flights to Los Angeles now offering in-flight Internet.

Virgin outlined its plans for international Wi-Fi last year, and has been running tests on its Los Angeles services from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this year. The service is provided by airline Wi-Fi specialist Gogo.

It's not a free service. Introductory pricing is $8.99 for one hour or $19.99 for the whole journey.

Virgin has added Wi-Fi capabilities to its five Boeing 777 aircraft. It is also available on 10 of its domestic Boeing 737 fleet, with the remainder due to be fitted out this year. In early 2019, Wi-Fi will be added to its A330-200 planes.

A survey by Virgin suggests that social media will be the most popular use of Wi-Fi, with 23.8% of Australians saying they would go online for that purpose. Business tasks were surprisingly unpopular, with just 8.3% wanting to use Wi-Fi for that. That echoes earlier research by finder which found that 56% of Australians are keen on in-flight Wi-Fi.

THE POINTS FINDER TAKE

Wi-Fi is a definite boon on long-distance flights, so it's great that Virgin now has this live. Just remember not to use it for the entire flight, sleep is essential if you don't want jet lag!

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