UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH, WI-FI
China Eastern Airlines charts a new course
As the first Chinese carrier to offer in-flight internet access, China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd is poised to commercialize the service in its widebodied aircraft next year once they get the nod from aviation authorities, a senior manager from the Shanghai-based carrier said.
“Since launching the commercial test on in-flight Wi-Fi last November, China Eastern Airlines has brought Wi-Fi connectivity to 43 aircraft, and the figure is expected to reach 54 by the year’s end, which will exceed the total number of all Wi-Fi installed planes in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan currently,” said Zhang Chi, deputy director of China Eastern Airlines’ transformation office.
According to Zhang, more than 4,000 passengers per day with China Eastern used the free Wi-Fi service as of September, and by November, the carrier had expanded its onboard Wi-Fi service from 2,500 flights to 3,000 per month.
China Eastern has been taking the lead in in-flight Wi-Fi development in recent years, and the company got approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to use AsiaSat-6 satellite for Wi-Fi services on 21 airplanes from May, 2015.
Since November 2015, Chi-
A passenger accesses WeChat using the in-flight Wi-Fi service provided by China Eastern Airlines.