In early 2023, Qantas revealed that it would introduce fast and free Wi-Fi throughout its long haul fleet. This announcement came at a time when the oneworld carrier announced more details about its upcoming Airbus A350-1000s.
At the time, the airline was light on details, while we now have more information about what we can expect regarding the rollout schedule of inflight connectivity.
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Wi-Fi coming to Qantas A330s, A350s, A380s, and 787s
Qantas intends to introduce fast and free Wi-Fi throughout its long haul fleet. That’s right, we can expect Wi-Fi to eventually be installed on all Airbus A330s, Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s, and upcoming Airbus A350s.
Qantas will be partnering with Viasat on this new Wi-Fi offering. We can look forward to great speeds here, as Viasat is the same Wi-Fi provider you’ll find on American, Delta, JetBlue, etc.
Qantas is going from one extreme to the other here when it comes to Wi-Fi. Currently none of Qantas’ international wide body jets feature Wi-Fi (only some domestic A330s), while eventually we’ll see fast and free Wi-Fi on all of these planes.
When will Qantas introduce fast & free Wi-Fi?
We can expect Qantas to (slowly) start introducing free Wi-Fi this year, and we now have a more concrete timeline:
- Airbus A330-200s will get Wi-Fi installed as they go through heavy maintenance checks; the first aircraft should get Wi-Fi as of March 2024, while all A330-200s should get Wi-Fi by the end of 2024
- Boeing 787s, Airbus A380s, and Airbus A330-300s, will start to get Wi-Fi as of 2025, as they go through heavy maintenance checks
- Airbus A350-1000s will be delivered as of 2025, and they’ll have Wi-Fi installed as soon as they enter service
As you can see, we’re just months from the first Qantas international wide body jet having Wi-Fi. While the entire A330-200 fleet will get Wi-Fi pretty quickly, we’ll have to be patient when it comes to the rest of the fleet.
Qantas will be introducing fast and free Viasat Wi-Fi throughout its long haul fleet, including on A330s, A350s, A380s, and 787s. We can expect all A330-200s to feature Wi-Fi before the end of 2024, which is exciting. Unfortunately we’ll have to be more patient for the rest of the fleet, which will only start to see Wi-Fi installed as of 2025, and there’s no timeline for that project being complete.
What do you make of Qantas’ plans to introduce Wi-Fi on long haul flights?