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Emirates offers on board free Wi-Fi

Emirates now offers free Wi-Fi on majority of its aircraft, and adding with two to three more aircraft with Wi-Fi connectivity every month. After updating the service last month with a simpler sign-on process on top of other software updates, airline has witnessed a further 25 per cent increase in uptake.

Currently, Wi-Fi service is available on all of Emirates’ 59 Airbus A380 aircraft and 47 of its Boeing 777 aircraft. On over 60 per cent of the installed fleet, the first 10MB data is free – sufficient for an update on social media accounts or texting via instant messaging apps. Thereafter, and for the rest of the fleet, users can enjoy 500MB of data for a token $1 charge. By giving either free access or charging a token amount since last October, Emirates has seen a near fivefold increase in usage.

Besides offering Wi-Fi connectivity on all A380 flights, Emirates is in the process of converting all of its Boeing 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs to become Wi-Fi ready at the rate of two-to-three aircraft per month.

Due to current industrial technical limitations such as speed and bandwidth availability and the lack of advanced hardware and software support, the small token charge for additional data usage is required to keep the Wi-Fi service operational.

According to Emirates, most of the passengers frequently use Facebook, Google, Skype and WhatsApp.
All of Emirates’ 37 dedicated airport lounges around its global network, offer complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity.

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