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Passengers on low cost airline Norwegian to get free Wi-Fi on long haul flights

Passengers flying long-haul with Norwegian will be happy to learn that it is offering passengers free high-speed satellite Wi-Fi on some its transatlantic fleet from mid-January. Customers flying between EuropeSouth AmericaAsia and the US will be able to stay connected in the skies with one of two inflight Wi-Fi packages.

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Norwegian is now offering free Wi-Fi on some of its long-haul flights. Image: Norwegian

The basic option is free and will allow customers to browse the web, stay-up-to-date on social media, and send and receive emails and instant messages for the full length of the flight. The premium option will allow passengers to stream music, movies and television shows. It is available at an introductory price of US$14.95 (€12.95) for a three-hour package, although the airline says that this is an introductory price and may change based on routes and seasons.

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Now you can use Wi-Fi on some long-haul Norwegian flights Image by Joel Guay/Shodanphotos/Getty Images

Offering more than 60 long-haul routes, Norwegian is Norway's largest airline, Europe's third-largest low-cost airline and the fifth-largest low-cost airline in the world. The Wi-Fi rollout on the airline’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will commence from mid-January 2019, and more than 50% of its 787-9 Dreamliner fleet is expected to offer in-flight connectivity by 2020. Passengers will receive a fast experience using the wireless inflight connectivity platform, CabinConnect, by Collins Aerospace. It uses the Inmarsat Global Aviation (GX) satellite network, specifically designed to offer passengers consistent, reliable high-speed global inflight connectivity.

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Passengers can stay connected for the duration of the flight. Image: Hero Images/Getty Images

“We’re continuously improving the inflight customer experience and we’re delighted to be the first airline offering free Wi-Fi for the full duration of long-haul flights," says Norwegian's business development VP, Boris Bubresko.

For further information on Norwegian, see here.