Emi­rates records over 1 mil­lion Wi-fi con­nec­tions on board in March

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LOGISTICS/AVIATION -

Emi­rates has set a new record with over one mil­lion Wi-fi con­nec­tions made on board its flights in March alone.

Dur­ing the month, 1,037,016 Emi­rates cus­tomers con­nected to the in­ter­net dur­ing their flight.

The con­nec­tions were mainly made over mo­bile de­vices with over 94 per­cent of users con­nect­ing with a smart­phone - twice as many con­nec­tions were made on an IOS mo­bile phone as com­pared to an An­droid mo­bile, and about two per­cent with a tablet. The re­main­ing con­nec­tions were made with lap­tops and other de­vices.

Wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity is avail­able on over 98 per­cent of the Emi­rates fleet, in­clud­ing all A380s, 777300ERS and 777-200LRS. Cus­tomers in all cabin classes re­ceive 20MB of free Wi-fi data. Emi­rates Sky­wards mem­bers en­joy spe­cial ben­e­fits de­pend­ing on their mem­ber­ship tier and class of travel, in­clud­ing free Wi-fi when trav­el­ling in First Class or Busi­ness Class. Over 94 per­cent of pas­sen­gers con­nect­ing to Wi-fi on board Emi­rates in March took ad­van­tage of the com­pli­men­tary of­fer and logged on free of charge.

The high­est data usage from a sin­gle pas­sen­ger was made by an Emi­rates Sky­wards mem­ber who stayed con­nected through­out their flight from Dubai to Jo­han­nes­burg, con­sum­ing 4.9 GB of com­pli­men­tary data.

Emi­rates con­tin­u­ally in­vests in im­prov­ing band­width on board by up­grad­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tion on the fleet. Stay­ing con­nected has be­come a main­stay and an ex­pec­ta­tion on Emi­rates flights and the de­mand for Wi-fi on board has been steadily in­creas­ing each month. The route with the most Wi-fi con­nec­tions in March was EK215 from Dubai to Los An­ge­les with over 6,000 cus­tomers con­nect­ing in flight.

Emi­rates has been at the fore­front of in­no­va­tion with con­nec­tiv­ity and in­flight en­ter­tain­ment on board. It was the first air­line to al­low mo­bile phone use in­flight in 2008, and the first to in­stall TV screens in ev­ery seat on ev­ery air­craft in its fleet in 1992. To­day, the air­line pro­vides one of the most com­pre­hen­sive and state-of-the-art en­ter­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity ser­vices in the skies. ice, Emi­rates’ award-win­ning in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, now of­fers over 3,500 chan­nels of en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing over 700 movies from around the world. This un­matched va­ri­ety of con­tent will con­tinue to grow, of­fer­ing Emi­rates cus­tomers even more choice.

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