Being totally offline for 14 hours straight is a long time in this day and age.
And, thankfully, it’s not something you need to sit through anymore on your next long-haul flight, if you’re flying with Air New Zealand.
The Kiwi carrier has announced free inflight wifi for long-haul international flights to help you stay online.
“We’re making it easier than ever to stay connected, and showing a little more of our Kiwi hospitality,” Air New Zealand said on its website.
Its Boeing 777-300s and 777-200s have already been outfitted with free WiFi, with other aircraft to be updated with the free service throughout this year and the next.
“Our new A321neos and A320neos are delivered with the technology already installed, and we’ll start on our 787 fleet later in 2019.”
“It’s big news for us and our customers.”
What you can and can’t do
“Data-light activities” will be “well-supported, meaning you should be able to browse the net, answer your emails and post on social media without encountering many problems.
But you probably can’t jump on Netflix for the next ten hours, go on a YouTube binge or call people, unfortunately.
“Things that are heavy on data like video and audio streaming traffic will be limited. Calls over apps are not permitted by aviation laws and regulations.”
Also, content that might be deemed “offensive” to seatmates around you will be blocked.
Air New Zealand joins a number of other carriers that already have free WiFi on board (to varying extents), such as JetBlue, Qantas, China Eastern, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Qatar, Emirates, Philippines Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and Nok Air.
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