On April 20, Virgin Australia commenced a three-month testing period of inflight wi-fi systems from connectivity provider, Gogo and Australian satellite provider, Optus on one of its domestic Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Guests flying on this flying test lab will be able to use the service free of charge during the testing period, including the capability to access streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Pandora on their devices.
John Thomas, group executive at Virgin Australia Airlines, said, “We’re looking forward to receiving guest feedback about our inflight connectivity over the next three months to ensure we are able to offer the best possible service in the sky.”
Guests who travel on the wi-fi-enabled aircraft during the customer testing period will be notified that wi-fi is available on their flight and provided with instructions on how to access the system. Virgin Australia will finalise its business model after considering customer feedback and the results of the testing period.