Vietnam Airlines aircrafts to have Wi-Fi coverage in May

Wed, 25 Feb 2015. Last updated Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:22

According to the latest news, all Vietnam Airlines aircrafts in both international and domestic routes will be covered with Wi-Fi in May 2015. This is a great milestone in Vietnam Aviation.

The Wi-Fi coverage on Vietnam Airlines aircrafts requires a modern infrastructural system. The development of in-flight Internet service brings many benefits to passengers and simultaneously brings significant revenue to the economy. In the UK, according to estimates of researchers, if there is no Wi-Fi on airplanes, the UK economy will lose about 640 million pounds of revenues per year. According to the statement of the General Director of Vietnam Airlines, Mr. Pham Ngoc Minh, the test plan of wifi coverage on domestic flights and international will start from May 2015. He also said that the technical condition was ready for testing Wi-Fi coverage in some Vietnam Airlines flights. After successfully testing, the airline will supply full Wi-Fi coverage of its fleet. With this coverage, passengers will use the Internet service onboard as comfort able as on the ground. Currently, modern aircrafts allowing the use of this technology are A350 and Boeing 787. Passengers will have a chance to use high speed Internet services. However, passengers cannot make calls or use with free apps like Viber, and Zalo... Passengers using the latest iPhone can call via FaceTime sound and image.

A350 Vietnam Airlines

In terms of Vietnam Airlines service charges of for using Wi-Fi on board, senior representative of VNA said that Wi-Fi package in international routes  will only cost around 15-20 USD. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi package in domestic routes may be free. In the world, now there are more than a dozen airlines offering in-flight Wi-Fi service with an estimated cost from 2.75 to 49.95 USD such as Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, and American Airlines... Earlier, VN Airlines had an agreement with the service provider Gogo on the deployment of integrated connectivity solution on new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 aircrafts. Reportedly, the airline will deploy wireless Internet services on these new aircrafts after Gogo conducting synchronization satellite system of GX Aviation Ka-Band of Inmarsat and connecting new SwiftBroadband on Vietnam Airlines aircrafts.

Gogo goes live on Vietnam Airlines

Michael Small, Chairman and CEO of Gogo said that the partnership would create many landmarks for both sides, especially the first aviation commitment with GX Aviation broadband connections of Inmarsat and service commitment for serving Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 first. Mr. Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Airlines, said that his company is ready to meet the need of the industry. The company is very pleased to support VNA to upgrade its fleet and services for passengers. Vietnam Airline also announced that eight B787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts and 10 A350-900 ones will be handed over in 2015 to put into operation with Wi-Fi service.

Popular destinations of Vietnam Airlines

VietnamHaiphongCat Bi International Airport , Haiphong (HPH) - Vietnam
VietnamDalatLien Khuong Airport, Dalat (DLI) - Vietnam
VietnamTuy HoaTuy Hoa Airport, Tuy Hoa (TBB) - Vietnam
VietnamDien Bien PhuDien Bien Phu Airport, Dien Bien Phu (DIN) - Vietnam
VietnamBan Me ThuotBan Me Thuot Airport, Ban Me Thuot (BMV) - Vietnam
VietnamThanh HoaTho Xuan Airport, Thanh Hoa (THD) - Vietnam
VietnamPleikuPleiku Airport, Pleiku (PXU) - Vietnam
VietnamDa NangDa Nang International Airport, Da Nang (DAD) - Vietnam
VietnamQuang NamChu Lai Airport, Quang Nam (VCL) - Vietnam
VietnamNha TrangCam Ranh Airport, Nha Trang (CXR) - Vietnam
MalaysiaLangkawiLangkawi International Airport, Langkawi (LGK) - Malaysia
CanadaMontrealMontréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Montreal (YUL) - Canada
JapanMemambetsuMemanbetsu Airport, Memambetsu (MMB) - Japan
ChinaChangshaChangsha Huanghua International Airport, Changsha (CSX) - China
FinlandHelsinkiHelsinki Airport, Helsinki (HEL) - Finland
CanadaMonctonGreater Moncton International Airport, Moncton (YQM) - Canada
ThailandPhuketPhuket International Airport, Phuket (HKT) - Thailand
United StatesBostonLogan International Airport, Boston (BOS) - United States
ChinaZHANGJIAJIEZhangjiajie Hehua Airport , ZHANGJIAJIE (DYG) - China
United KingdomLondonLondon Heathrow Airport, London (LHR) - United Kingdom

Popular routes of Vietnam Airlines

Hanoi -> Hue 30 USDHanoi -> Qui Nhon 33 USD
Ban Me Thuot -> Hanoi 40 USDHanoi -> Dien Bien Phu 36 USD
Ca Mau -> Ho Chi Minh City 43 USDNha Trang -> Ho Chi Minh City 21 USD
Quang Ninh -> Ho Chi Minh City 32 USDQuang Binh -> Ho Chi Minh City 32 USD
Thanh Hoa -> Ho Chi Minh City 34 USDVinh -> Hanoi 26 USD
Yangon <-> Fukuoka 506 USDSan Francisco -> Vientiane 655 USD
Osaka -> Sihanoukville 499 USDDalat -> Helsinki 934 USD
Haiphong -> Cairns 904 USDVientiane -> Hongkong 218 USD
Shanghai -> Sihanoukville 339 USDLangkawi -> Sihanoukville 251 USD
Hongkong <-> Bejaia 3,140 USDKoh Samui -> Macau 340 USD

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