18 October 2011

South Africa: Budget airline Mango first airline to introduce in-flight Wi-Fi

We reported last week that the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved Wi-Fi services on South African flights. In the meantime WirelessG, the company that applied for it, has announced that it will start offering their service on Mango’s Boeing 737-800 planes first. According to some reports, South African Airways might follow a few months afterwards. Comair Limited, operator of British Airways in South Africa and kulula.com, is currently not in talks with WirelessG about installing the in-flight Wi-Fi-system on their planes.
Mango’s Boeing 737-800 planes will be equipped with system that provides the users with Internet access (e-mails and SMS services) using a satellite connection, but there are already plans to integrate in-flight entertainment as well.

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