Qantas to offer video and audio streaming from Feb-2017

Qantas has announced (15-Feb-2017) that it will offer video and audio streaming services onboard domestic aircraft from late Feb-2017. The rest of the airline’s domestic Boeing 737 and A330 aircraft will follow from mid 2017.

The Australian airline will offer to its customers speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional inflight WiFi, made possible through the Australian National Broadband Network ‘Sky Muster’ satellite service.

Qantas Group executive of brand, marketing and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth said fast, free internet will open up a range of options for customers. Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify paid subscription services will offer free access to Qantas customers on and off aircraft for between three days and one month after their Qantas flight. Specifically:

  • Foxtel will offer three days free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required;
  • Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge;
  • Spotify will offer a 30 day free trial of its Premium music service.

Qantas also confirmed (15-Feb-2017) it is in talks with suppliers to extend WiFi services onto international and QantasLink regional fleets – to develop a product that can overcome a number of technical, performance and coverage challenges, including options for WiFi over large stretches of water:

“[The new product will] deliver a quality service that meets the expectations of Qantas’ customers”.

Qantas plans to offer customers video and audio streaming services onboard domestic aircraft from late Feb-2017.