In-flight Wi-Fi will be rolled out on Air New Zealand aircraft as of next year.
Flights between New Zealand and Australia will be the first to receive the connection, chief executive officer Christopher Luxon announced at a travel trade event in Sydney.
Domestic New Zealand jet services are likely to offer a Wi-Fi service from 2018.
The airline is in the final stages of negotiations to use satellite communications company Inmarsat’s global GX satellite constellation and in-cabin Panasonic Avionics technology.
“Given Air New Zealand operates some of the longest flights in the world, and in oceanic areas where there has historically been poor quality satellite service, we have patiently worked with partners until comfortable that a service which meets the high expectations of our customers is available,” said Luxon.
“Proving flights on a partner company test aircraft have now given us the confidence to introduce what we believe will be the world’s most reliable in-flight connectivity. Customers will be able to use their social media channels, stay on top of emails and browse the internet.”
Air New Zealand expects to release the pricing details in the first half of 2017.