Qantas Teams with ViaSat Ka-band to Offer Super-speed In-flight Wi-Fi to Passengers from Next Year
Qantas announced it is teaming with ViaSat Ka-band for offering free high-speed connectivity to customers staring from next year.
ViaSat will deliver Qantas passengers with speed and capacity that is enough to stream movies, watch TV shows and log onto news and live sports.
Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, said, "The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for in-flight connectivity but the recent launch of NBN's satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat's help."
To provide service over the Australian territory, ViaSat will tap into the NBN satellite network. The company has partnered with other satellite providers to enhance its satellite coverage moving towards further growth globally.
Whether the passengers will have a data limit on downloads or if the provider will be blocking chat services are questions that were not straightaway answered by the airline
A spokesperson from the carrier said, "There's further detail that we will be working through in terms of what applications will be able to access Wi-Fi as there are a lot of differing opinions. " The company will be working on options during the trial period.