British Airways sets WiFi free with gratis hour of inflight Internet

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If you’re travelling on one of the three British Airways Boeing 747s currently fitted with inflight Internet, BA and credit card company Visa are now offering sixty minutes of free connectivity above the clouds.

The promotion, which BA says runs “for a limited time” (and that’s all the information we have right now), gives you one hour on the basic Browse package – which normally costs £4.99 (A$8.70) – for Web, email and social media, but not video streaming.

If that whets your appetite and you want more time online, you can plonk down £10.99 for four hours or £14.99 for a ‘flight pass’ to stay online for the length of your entire journey.

If more speed is what you need, the faster Stream service kicks off at £7.99 for one hour, with four hours priced at £17.99 and a flight pass at £23.99.

BA says its working hard to get over a hundred jets in its long-range international fleet kitted out with WiFi over the coming two years with the Boeing 747 jumbo jets, Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing 787 Dreamliners and from 2019 the new Airbus A350-1000s all in the queue.

They’ll all rely on the latest 2Ku broadband satellite technology from Gogo, which is the same system being used by Virgin Australia.