Written on 6th April 2017

Virgin Australia partners with Gogo and Optus to introduce inflight Wi-Fi 

Virgin Australia announced a partnership with leading inflight connectivity provider Gogo and Australia’s leading satellite provider Optus to provide customers with inflight Wi-Fi on domestic and international services. Virgin Australia is now running a three month customer testing period of Gogo’s proven 2Ku technology on a single Boeing 737-800 aircraft. This period will be used to gather feedback from customers, with a full installation of 2Ku across Virgin Australia’s fleet of Boeing 737-800, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft planned following the customer testing period. The technology will leverage existing Ku satellites provided by Australia’s largest satellite provider Optus Satellite for domestic and New Zealand services and Intelsat and SES for all other international flights. All Virgin Australia guests travelling on the Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft during the customer testing period will be able to enjoy Wi-Fi free of charge during their flight. These guests will also be able to access streaming services Netflix, Stan and Pandora on their devices while in the air. In addition, Virgin Australia is giving all guests who travel on the Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft three months’ access to Pandora Plus and Netflix for free. Guests who are new to Stan can also enjoy three months’ access included. Source: Virgin Australia