Singapore Airlines Expands In-Flight Internet Program
Singapore Airlines has launched a $50 million expansion of its in-flight connectivity program offerings, which provide Internet and mobile data services to passengers. In-flight access is currently available on fourteen aircraft in SIA’s fleet, including all five Airbus A340-500s, which are deployed on flights between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles.
Over the next two years, the technology will be progressively rolled out across all of SIA’s long-haul Airbus A380-800, A340-500, and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, through a partnership with connectivity provider OnAir.
Travelers will be able to surf the Internet, send and receive emails on smartphones and other electronic devices, and send and receive SMS text messages with GSM-compatible mobile phones. A map highlighting availability of the service will be in SIA’s KrisWorld in-flight magazine.
Promotional prices for wireless Internet access have also been announced, and will last until November 30, 2012. The prices are $25 for 30 megabytes of data and $10 for 10 megabytes, as compared to the previous prices of $29.95 for 26 megabytes and $11.95 for 10 megabytes of data. A joint promotion with SingTel will also entitle SingTel subscribers to discounted roaming rates of up to 40% for in-flight text messaging and GPRS data services, with the discounts lasting until March 31, 2013.