Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch onboard connectivity on its new Airbus A330s, which are due to arrive from February next year.

The airline is remaining tight-lipped on details until a formal announcement next month, but Virgin president Richard Branson hinted at the development on board the airline's inaugural flight from London Heathrow to Ghana.

"Soon passengers will be able to do their e-mails on board, when our A330s arrive. Next year you will see changes throughout the aircraft, in terms of seating, meals service and connectivity. We will be well ahead. Look what happened with Virgin America; it will be even better than that."

Virgin is due to take five A330s in 2011, with the first slated to arrive in February. Another five will arrive in 2012. The first two aircraft will be used for leisure routes and the remainder will fly out of London Heathrow.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news