Etihad Airways has announced the launch of new Wi-Fly ‘Chat’ and ‘Surf’ connectivity packages on its widebody fleet – including free WhatsApp messaging for all passengers.
Everyone flying on Etihad will benefit from complimentary ‘Chat’ messaging throughout their entire flight, accessed by signing in with Etihad Guest membership or simply enrolling online before flying. The free chat feature includes access to popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger and WeChat.
Guests wishing to surf, catch up on social media and work while they fly, can also choose to purchase ‘Surf’ Wi-Fly plans, available for a flat fee, with unlimited data for the duration of the flight.
For flights under seven hours, the Chat package is $2.99 or free for Etihad Guest members, and the Surf package is $9.99. For flights over seven hours, the Chat package is $4.99 or also free for Etihad Guest members, and the Surf package is $19.99.
Etihad Guest Platinum and Exclusive tier members as well as guests travelling in Etihad’s First Class cabins will benefit from complimentary Surf Wi-Fly access throughout their flight. Etihad Guest Gold members will receive a 25% discount on the Surf package.
“We know how important it is for our guests to stay connected, which is why we’re thrilled to introduce an added complimentary benefit for Etihad Guest members and welcome everyone to sign up before they fly to take advantage of this benefit immediately,” said Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad Airways. “Wi-Fly plans will offer unlimited data and will last the duration of the flight, which means our guests can easily catch up on social media, work or browse as they wish.”
Etihad’s narrow-body fleet continues to offer the current mobile connectivity service, allowing guests to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and use their data roaming packages as they would on the ground.