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Airline sets record, tops 1 million Wi-Fi connections

April 12, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

In-flight Wi-Fi smartphone connectivity is spreading so fast, an airline has just set a new record with over 1 million Wi-Fi connections made aboard its flights in March alone.

During that month, 1,037,016 Emirates customers connected to the internet during their flight, the airline has confirmed.

The connections were made mainly over mobile devices, with over 94% of users connecting with a smartphone. Twice as many connections were made on iOS mobile phones (manufactured by Apple) than on Android mobiles, and about 2% were made using tablets. The remaining connections (4%) were made with laptops and other devices.

In-flight Wi-Fi connections on Emirates

The highest data usage from a single passenger was made by an Emirates Skywards member who stayed connected throughout their flight from Dubai to Johannesburg, consuming 4.9 GB of complimentary data.

Wi-Fi connectivity is available on over 98% of the Emirates fleet, including all A380s, 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs.

Customers in all cabin classes receive 20MB of free Wi-Fi data. Emirates Skywards members enjoy special benefits depending on their membership tier and class of travel, including free Wi-Fi when travelling in First Class or Business Class. Over 94% of passengers connecting to Wi-Fi on board Emirates in March took advantage of the complimentary offer and logged on free of charge.

Emirates continually invests in improving in-flight bandwidth by upgrading connectivity on the fleet.

“Staying connected has become a mainstay and an expectation on Emirates flights and the demand for Wi-Fi on board has been steadily increasing each month,” the airline commented.

The route with the most Wi-Fi connections in March was EK215 from Dubai to Los Angeles with over 6000 customers connecting aboard.

Emirates was the first airline to allow mobile phone use inflight in 2008, and the first to install TV screens in every seat on every aircraft in its fleet in 1992.

Today, the airline provides one of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art entertainment and connectivity services in the skies.

Emirates’ inflight entertainment system, called ice, now provides over 3500 channels of entertainment, including over 700 movies from around the world. It continues to expand.

Edited by Peter Needham

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