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Qantas kills in-flight internet access plans

Low uptake of paid in-flight internet access to blame.
Written by Spandas Lui, Contributor on

Qantas has dumped plans to offer internet access on some of its planes due to lack of demand.

The airline had been trialling Wi-Fi on six AirBus A380 planes for nine months. It was originally offered as a free service with internet delivered via satellite and later, paid packages were introduced to see whether customers would be open to the idea of paying for in-flight internet.

According to Australian Business Traveller, a Qantas spokesperson has said that there was low uptake of the service overall, though customers that used it valued the service.

Virgin America already offers in-flight internet and last year, Virgin Australia signalled that it too wanted to give customers internet access during their flights.

In July, Delta Air Lines flagged plans to introduce Wi-Fi to all its international aircrafts.

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