Thai Airways to offer WiFi on board

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Singapore Airlines was one of the first carriers in ASEAN to offer Internet on board.

Thai Airways, Thailand’s national carrier, will equip its airplanes with WiFi connections to be used by passengers inflight.

The country’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission has signaled to give the green light for WiFi to be operated on international flights, expected to start from September 2013. The carrier had filed the application 2 years ago

The national airline had sought licenses to provide access to mobile phone network and WiFi on board flights, but the law states that mobile phone licenses will only be granted via an auction process.

Therefore, the commission is only allowing Thai Airways to proceed with its plan to offer 2.4-gigahertz WiFi on board at the moment. Thai Airways said that after obtaining the license, it will pick a inflight WiFi operator.

With the move, Thai Airways is joining the growing number of airlines offering inflight WiFi or Internet access to its passengers. A couple of North American airlines were the first to do so, among them Virgin America, Delta, American Airlines, United, Southeast Airlines, US Airways and Air Canada. Among others that offer either free or chargeable Internet or WiFi access are Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Saudia, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Egypt Airways, and those planning it are Air France, KLM, All Nippon Airways, Cebu Pacific, Icelandair, Jet Blue and Aeroflot.

 

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Singapore Airlines was one of the first carriers in ASEAN to offer Internet on board.

Thai Airways, Thailand’s national carrier, will equip its airplanes with WiFi connections to be used by passengers inflight.

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Singapore Airlines was one of the first carriers in ASEAN to offer Internet on board.

Thai Airways, Thailand’s national carrier, will equip its airplanes with WiFi connections to be used by passengers inflight.

The country’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission has signaled to give the green light for WiFi to be operated on international flights, expected to start from September 2013. The carrier had filed the application 2 years ago

The national airline had sought licenses to provide access to mobile phone network and WiFi on board flights, but the law states that mobile phone licenses will only be granted via an auction process.

Therefore, the commission is only allowing Thai Airways to proceed with its plan to offer 2.4-gigahertz WiFi on board at the moment. Thai Airways said that after obtaining the license, it will pick a inflight WiFi operator.

With the move, Thai Airways is joining the growing number of airlines offering inflight WiFi or Internet access to its passengers. A couple of North American airlines were the first to do so, among them Virgin America, Delta, American Airlines, United, Southeast Airlines, US Airways and Air Canada. Among others that offer either free or chargeable Internet or WiFi access are Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Saudia, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Egypt Airways, and those planning it are Air France, KLM, All Nippon Airways, Cebu Pacific, Icelandair, Jet Blue and Aeroflot.

 

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