Cebu Pacific plans onboard wi-fi service

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Cebu Pacific Air will soon offer its passengers inflight wi-fi services on board its planned long-haul flights

Image courtesy of Airbus/Cebu Pacific

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific Air will soon offer its passengers inflight wi-fi services onboard its planned long-haul flights, the company announced Tuesday, July 3.

It will first be installed in its A330 aircraft, planned to be deployed for flights to the Middle East, Australia, and eventually Europe and the US.

The service will be installed by OnAir, a global inflight connectivity service company, which relies on the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband technology, plus roaming agreements worldwide.

“Once Internet OnAir is in service, Cebu Pacific passengers will be able to access the Internetduring flights and make calls using Voice Over IP applications, using their Wi-Fi enabled personal electronic devices, such as Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and laptops,” the airline said in a press release.

“Cebu Pacific’s A330 fleet is scheduled to have Wi-Fi installed mid-next year, in time for the airline’s initial deployment of long haul services,” it added.

With this, the airline will be the first long-haul low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia that will provide Internet access inflight.

In January, Cebu Pacific announced plans to plans to launch budget long-haul flights in the 3rd quarter of 2013 to serve Filipinos working abroad who can’t afford to fly home more often.

The no-frills budget carrier is going to lease up to 8 Airbus A330-300 aircraft to serve new markets beyond the range of its current fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. – Rappler.com

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