Etihad, Abu Dhabi’s national airline, currently flying to Nairobi and coming to Entebbe in early 2015 and to Dar es Salaam in late 2015, has just announced that all their 24 B777 presently in service have now been connected to WiFi. This gives passengers flying on these aircraft full connectivity while at cruising altitude, a key added benefit when traveling with the airline.
Etihad confirmed further that all their fleet aircraft, comprising 28 Airbus A320’s – the type used on the route to Nairobi and also for future flights to Uganda and Tanzania – 26 Airbus A330’s, 11 Airbus A340’s as well as the newly delivered B787 and Airbus A380 aircraft will be connected over the coming months.
The connectivity will extend beyond just WiFi for smart phones, tablets and laptops but also include live TV and other mobile services.
When introduced across the fleet the passengers from East Africa be able to enjoy high-speed broadband services on Wi-Fi enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops, allowing them to surf the Internet, update social media, purchase gifts, upgrade seats, change travel plans and much more, all from the comfort of their seat.
The mobile connectivity service can be accessed by guests using their mobile phones and smartphones to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and use mobile data services.
The Live TV onboard service allows guests to watch live news and major sporting events on seven popular television channels including BBC World News, CNBC, CNN, euronews, Japan’s NHK World Premium, Sky News Arabia, and Sport 24.
WiFi packages can be purchased using credit cards, PayPal and a range of other convenient payment methods. Mobile telephone usage will be billed by the guest’s mobile service providers based on the international roaming rates levied by the service providers.
Etihad Airways’ Boeing 777 aircraft are presently used for flights from Abu Dhabi to such long-haul destinations across the airline’s network like Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Manchester, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, São Paulo, Bangkok and Jakarta.