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Monday, January 26, 2015

Vietnam Airlines: In-Flight Wi-Fi to be Available on New 787, A350 Aircraft

VNA to introduce Wi-Fi on the newest planes first, with plans to expand "on a wide scale" later.



Vietnam Airlines (VNA) intends to introduce in-flight high-speed wireless Internet access on its fleet, starting with the introduction of the newest aircraft to be delivered later this year.

New deliveries of Boeing 787-9s Dreamliners (B789s) and Airbus A350-900s (A359s) will come with the equipment to deliver Wi-Fi already installed. The current fleet of aircraft will have to have the hardware retrofitted, which will cost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of US dollars per aircraft.

Read more: Vietnam Airlines' Boeing 787: New Lie-Flat Seats in Business, 2 Different Economy Configurations

VNA's CEO Pham Ngoc Minh indicated that access on international flights will cost US$15-20 per flight, with the possibility of no-charge access on domestic sectors.

This indeed would be welcome news to many travelers, especially to those in the ever-important business segment. On the heels of learning about lie-flat business class seats on the B789, this news makes VNA's willingness to invest in passenger comfort even more impressive.

Would you pay to use inflight Wi-Fi if offered on VNA? Does Wi-Fi make you more likely to fly on VNA? Comment below!

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