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Inflight connectivity to roll out on short-haul routes
Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are starting a new phase of testing to roll out inflight connectivity for passengers on short-haul and medium-haul routes.
A product launch in the first quarter will initially be available on 10 A320 aircraft, with three packages eventually available priced at €3, €7 and €12.
Lufthansa received a Supplemental Type Certificate for its A320 fleet last summer from the European Aviation Safety Agency and concluded all the necessary preparation work.
The next stage of testing, with Inmarsat GX, will start on five aircraft each at Lufthansa and Austrian with free internet use available during the test phase. That will rise to 20 during the first quarter of 2017.
The entire Lufthansa A320 fleet will be equipped in this way until the middle of 2018, and all 31 aircraft at Austrian Airlines by the end of April 2017.
Inflight connectivity on Eurowings will start by the end of the first quarter of 2017, with 69 Eurowings planes to be fitted with the systems by this summer.
Lufthansa offered broadband Internet access on long-haul flights between 2003 and 2006 and again since the end of 2010.
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