The National Broadband Network (NBN) has slowly been rolling out here in Australia to bring better internet to homes and businesses. While the wait continues for many, myself included, it is soon going to arrive somewhere rather interesting – Qantas flights.

Qantas, Australia’s biggest airline is soon going to have super-fast internet on their domestic flights via an NBN satellite bringing Wi-Fi on board for the first time.

What is very interesting to me is just how good it is going to be, with every person on a flight set to have wireless internet access at 12Mbps. That is fast enough to stream video from Netflix, Stan, YouTube, etc, or viewing live sports, streaming music, reading news, and more – quite an achievement because often the internet on flights is slow.

“The Wi-Fi service will feature speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board Wi-Fi” – Qantas

It seems like it has taken forever for an airline to offer Wi-Fi onboard here in Australia, but to me, this is a case of getting it right, rather than being first. Qantas says the service which will be free, will be available at some point early this year to domestic Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330 fleet.

Details

  • Pricing: Free
  • When: From early 2017
  • Where: Qantas domestic flights (in Australia)
  • Fleet: Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330 fleet throughout 2017, B737 from mid 2017-2017

For more information head over to the Qantas website.