Wi-fi taking off on board British Airways


British Airways has started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed wi-fi, with its first three connected aircraft now in service.

The airline will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft over the next two years.

Customers will be advised of the availability of wi-fi when they board a connected aircraft.

BA will provide high-speed bandwidth to customers, with internet being available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000 feet.

The portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices.

To celebrate the launch, British Airways is partnering with Visa to connect customers on board the first wi-fi-enabled flights.

For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high speed wi-fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.

Customers can choose from two paid-for wi-fi packages, including the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, which supports streaming of music and entertainment, from the likes of Netflix.

The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight.