Emirates Airways has been granted authorisation to offer Wi-Fi access to passengers in Australian airspace, enabling internet browsing, SMS, email and phone calls during flights on the Dubai-based airline’s fleet of Airbus A380s.
According to Emirates, a new passenger route from Melbourne to Auckland and Dubai beginning in October will be the first route out of Melbourne to offer Wi-Fi connectivity across the Tasman Sea.
“Emirates’ goal is to ensure maximum comfort and choice for passengers during their inflight entertainment, communications and information experience,” said Emirates Vice President Corporate Communications Product, Publishing, Digital and Events, Patrick Brannelly.
“Emirates seeks to lead the industry, enabling our customers to get the most out of their journey and we’re pleased to be the first to offer trans-Tasman customers from Melbourne the opportunity to stay connected in the air using Wi-Fi.”
Emirates’ announcement comes after Qantas decided to replace its in-flight entertainment units with iPads in July, providing passengers with over 200 hours of television and audio.