Very hot on the heels of Qantas switching on its inflight Wi-Fi comes Virgin Australia’s announcement that it, as well, has commenced testing of onboard online for domestic flights – a demo which will acquire place for the following three months.

Starting off these days, the Wi-Fi provider has been enabled on a single Boeing 737-800 plane and, like on Qantas, passengers can accessibility video streaming products and services Netflix and Stan for cost-free on their gadgets.

To offer flyers with substantial-velocity online whilst in the air, Virgin Australia has teamed up with Aussie telco Optus and inflight online and entertainment service provider Gogo.

Addressing the launch, John Thomas, Group Government of Virgin Australia explained that the airline was “thrilled to begin consumer testing of our inflight Wi-Fi these days.”  “We want to ensure that friends can keep reliably linked in the air whilst also savoring the superb entertainment and consumer provider for which Virgin Australia is very well regarded,” he stated.

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Travellers on the airline’s online-enabled flight will be informed of the service’s availability and recommendations will be offered on how to connect their gadgets.

Australian Enterprise Traveller was on board the first test flight and clocked up obtain speeds of up to 20Mbps. In our new checks with Qantas’ in-flight Wi-Fi, we uncovered speeds hovered all-around the 12Mbps mark.

Other than Netflix and Stan, clients will also have accessibility to music streaming provider Pandora In addition, which will contain a cost-free three-month demo. Travellers with current Netflix or Pandora accounts will reportedly be able to incorporate those people three months to their existing subscriptions on the streaming products and services, but Virgin Australia has described that terms and ailments will utilize.

Virgin has not announced if accessibility to the inflight Wi-Fi will go on to be cost-free immediately after the three-month demo period of time, but it has stated that it will “finalise its small business design immediately after contemplating consumer responses and the benefits of the testing period of time.”

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