Qatar Airways claims leadership in roll-out of onboard ‘super broadband’

Qatar Airways claims leadership in roll-out of onboard ‘super broadband’

Gulf carrier as introduced its 100th aircraft fitted with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation technology

Qatar Airways claims it now has the largest number of aircraft equipped with superior quality high-speed broadband in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The Middle Eastern carrier launched the 100th aircraft, an Airbus A350-900, with ‘Super Wi-Fi’ connectivity this week.

Qatar is using GX Aviation technology from global mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat.

It says the service is being rolled out across the airline’s fleet and since its launch in 2018 has enabled millions of passengers to browse the internet, check social media, stream videos and more whilst relaxing on board.

Qatar Airways passengers receive up to one hour free access to the Super Wi-Fi service, with the ability to purchase full-flight access if more online time is needed.

Privilege Club members are being offering up to two complimentary Super Wi-Fi vouchers when they book online between September 9 and October 1.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “As a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry, Qatar Airways already operates one of the youngest and most technologically-advanced fleet in the skies. Where other airlines are reducing their Wi-Fi offering, Qatar Airways is expanding it.

“With connection to our loved ones and friends now more important than ever during these challenging times, we are delighted to work with Inmarsat and its GX Aviation technology to bring high-speed Super Wi-Fi broadband to passengers on board our fleet as part of Qatar Airways’ exceptional five-star service.

“We are also pleased to extend full-flight Super Wi-Fi connectivity to our loyal Privilege Club members across the globe.”

Inmarsat Aviation president, Philip Balaam, added: “Qatar Airways is world renowned for offering a superior onboard experience, which is enjoyed by millions of loyal passengers across the world.

“We are pleased that our GX Aviation inflight broadband has become such an important component of that experience on the airline’s extensive fleet. Feedback from passengers has been hugely positive and now, with the service being available on 100 aircraft, even more can enjoy the best connectivity in the skies.”