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Qantas ushers in new Wi-Fi era to improve flying experience for passengers

Qantas’ new Wi-Fi system due to be installed early next year will give passengers a much improved flying experience, according to the airline.

New York Airports soon to have free wi-fi. Image by miniyo73 / CC BY-SA 2.0.
Qantas wants to bring Wi-Fi to the next level on its flights in the near future Image by miniyo73 / CC BY-SA 2.0. Image by miniyo73 / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Flying Kangaroo says that on connection, there will be no more missed connections, reduced turbulence and even less medical diversions.

Qantas says the high-speed Wi-Fi will lead to less diversions while also helping pilots to check for turbulence while flying
Qantas new Wi-Fi system will lead to less diversions while also helping pilots to check for turbulence during flights Image by Jeremy / CC BY 2.0

According to escape.com.au the best part of the Qantas new Wi-Fi era is that it will be free for all passengers.

Free internet during Qantas flights will be as quick as when passenger normally use their devices on the ground
Free internet during Qantas flights will be as quick as when passenger normally use their devices on the ground Image by hackNY.org

The carrier will become one of the first airlines to offer the free service of sending emails, streaming live sports and updating social media.

Qantas plan to speed up maintenance as engineers on the ground will be forwarded data on the plane before it lands
Qantas plans to speed up maintenance as engineers on the ground will be forwarded data on the plane before it lands Image by Kentaro IEMOTO / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Qantas new Wi-Fi era will also allow pilots the opportunity to get up-to-date weather information during flights which will help them avoid turbulent pockets.

In addition, the benefit of having Wi-Fi on board will mean electronic heart scans can be conducted on board if passengers fall ill. The airline personnel will also have the facility to send data to medical centres on the ground.

A Qantas spokesman said a better onboard diagnosis in the plane would allow flight crew to decide if a sick person was stable enough or if there was a need to divert to an airport.

Maintenance delays would also be reduced as information will be assessed while the plane is flying. Streaming the data to engineers on the ground means technical performance can be closely monitored.

Currently, such problems can result in flight delays and missed connections but the in-flight Wi-Fi will expedite both the diagnosis and maintenance of the aircraft.

Qantas plans to fit around 100 Boeing 737s and Airbus A330s with the new technology from the beginning of next year. This will follow a trial onboard a single 737 before the end of this year.

Airline CEO Alan Joyce has pledged speeds up to 10 times faster than the normal service. It would see passengers having similar download speeds to what they normally receive on the ground – copper-fastening Qantas’ reputation as a top airline.