Cathay Pacific To Bring Lighting Fast Wi-Fi, Cellular Service To Planes

For heavy flyers, in-flight Wi-Fi is an asset that is very much appreciated. As is on-seat power ports and in-flight TVs. In other words, people love keeping themselves occupied while flying, as to avoid thinking about just how long they'll be seated in one place. In-flight entertainment has evolved over the years, but many planes are still holding back from really upgrading and giving people what they need in the sky: a live connection to the world below.

Less than half of the planes flying domestically in America right now are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, and that's about to look even worse when compared to Asia's Cathay Pacific. The airline just recently revealed that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the provision of full broadband connectivity on all Cathay Pacific and Dragonair passenger aircraft. They'll be using equipment from Panasonic Avionics in order to outfit their planes, and once the installations begin in early 2012, they'll be amongst the most connected planes in the sky.

The final terms of the deal are still being worked out, but the MOU allows the parties to immediately begin developing the plan to provide connectivity for passengers together with promotional, sponsorship and e-commerce opportunities for Cathay Pacific partner brands. When finished, Cathay's planes will have 50Mbps Wi-Fi throughout the cabin, which is far faster than what's in the homes of many Americans. There will also be lots of free and pay-per-view programming available to each passenger (not just first class), and GSM cellular service will allow people to call and text as if they were standing right beside a cell tower on the ground.

We can only hope that some of the North American carriers take notice and up their game in this department. Should we really have to fly to Asia to get on a connected flight?
jailbush1 4 years ago

I am going to stay away from this air lines. I get enough exposure to radio frequency radiation from cell towers, wi fi in coffee shops, people with cell phones, Clear, and all of the telecommunications devices that were never pre market tested for safety. I will never fly this air lines. If i want to kill myself intentionally i will start smoking again, not flying their planes.

AKwyn 4 years ago

This article has nothing to do with radio frequency radiation but it's nice of Cathway Pacific to include Wi-Fi for the people flying their planes but it's nothing new.

jailbush1. Advertising your website is not permitted here and the president is Obama, not Bush; get with the times.

jailbush1 4 years ago

taylor, with due respects. you are 18, i am old enough to be your grandfather. i spend a lot of time researching the subject and installing wi fi on airplanes, using cell phones on busses, trains, planes, etc. is setting yourself up for a situation that resembles sitting inside a microwave oven. wi fi on planes exposes everyone to radio frequency radiation that is harmful to all biological systems. this is not speculative. google the bioinitiative report 2007 and you will find summaries from an international convention of scientists that have pooled their findings in one big report. what we and especially those under 20 are facing is not a pretty picture. there are some who think that the survival of humans stops just about here !! look into some of this before dismissing it. You will be a better more informed person and might perhaps save the life of yourself and your friends. Re: Obama "president" We no longer have public servants we only have corporate employees that are using the offices in Washington do do the bidding for their corporate overseers. Have you noticed that BP is directing the Coast Guard and it's policy??

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