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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Qantas adding Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify to onboard wifi

Qantas adding Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify to onboard wifi

The Australian Airline has teamed up with subscription sites Netflix and Spotify, as well as Australian TV app Foxtel, to offer passengers much more entertainment than you usually find on-board.

The airline said in a media release that the speeds of Internet access on board would be up to 10 times faster than conventional in-flight Wi-Fi. Travellers will be required to sign up for a subscription to access Netflix's and Spotify's free trials, though no sign up is necessary to use Foxtel's three free days' access.

Qantas added in its statement that it is also now in talks with suppliers to extend Wi-Fi services onto its worldwide and regional (QantasLink) fleets to "develop a product that can overcome a number of technical, performance and coverage challenges, including options for Wi-Fi over large stretches over water".

The carrier has secured a deal on Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights, with Netflix, Spotify and Australian TV Foxtel coming on board to provide content.

"We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi", Olivia Worth, Qantas group executive of marketing, said. The first planes to bring the service to consumers will take off later this month, with the service rolling out to the rest of Qantas' domestic fleet by mid-2017. From there, they can stream hundreds of hours of television, movies and music albums.

Customers log on to inflight Wi-Fi via their own devices and then access a range of options.

Rejoice! Soon you'll be able to watch Netflix and listen to Spotify on flights. Streaming of Sky News Australia will also be available. As well as links to access Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel, you'll also see your real-time flight data, hotel, restaurant and transport options at your destination, the latest weather and personalised information linked to your itinerary and Frequent Flyer account.

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