Earlier this month Virgin Australia announced a move that would sit extremely favorably with most of us. Inflight wifi has long been a “dream” for some of us who prefer to answer a Snapchat then watch repeats of the Big Bang Theory on the IFE.
The airline announced they would be offering connectivity all the way across the Pacific on their routes from Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney to Los Angeles. The routes operated by the 777-300ER are the longest routes the airline flies with a trans-pacific flight between LA and any of 3 Australian cities typically taking around 12-13 hours. However, it comes at a cost with a full flight (some outages along the way, because you know, ocean) of wifi setting you back USD $15.23 or an hours worth of the wireless for USD $6.85. However no Netflix binges due to the airline blocking the site, as well as other data-hungry apps like Youtube. This being said however it’s probably worth it when you have a 13-hour flight in cattle class.
The airline is not the first to be offering in-flight wifi between Australia and the U.S with both American and United already offering it prior to VA’s announcement. However Virgin is sole Australian carrier on any route to be offering the service beating fierce rival Qantas which in any many regards is a major win for the carrier. Qantas is currently offering in-flight wifi on selected domestic flights however international travelers aren’t rejoicing with the flying kangaroo not seeming to be in any hurry to try it with no plans till 2021 at the earliest.
What are your thoughts on in-flight wi-fi? Do you like it? Do you wanna use it?
Virgin Australia’s 777-300ER while still partially in the V Australia livery at Los Angeles Airport, Virgin has 5 777’s in their fleet photo credit