Finnair ponders wi-fi for rest of fleet

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Finnair is evaluating addition of in-flight wi-fi capability on the rest of its fleet as it prepares to introduce the service on its new Airbus A350s which start to enter service next year.

The airline is to take delivery of 11 A350s between 2015 and 2017. Onboard wi-fi will, among other things, enable passengers to stream content to their own devices.

“We are evaluating it on the rest of the fleet – both the rest of the widebodies and narrowbody fleet,” says Finnair commercial chief Allister Paterson.

He says the carrier is still evaluating the pricing model for wi-fi when it launches with the A350s. “Very few [airlines] offer it for free. We are going to watch the model as it unfolds,” says Paterson. “Wi-fi is a big investment. Our thinking is we will charge for it, but if that model changes, we’ll have to follow it.”