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British Airways completes its short-haul wi-fi roll out

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According to paxex.aero, which specialises in this sort of news, British Airways has completed the roll-out and activation of wi-fi on its short haul fleet.

British Airways is using the European Aviation Network, backed by Inmarsat.

British Airways BA A320neo

It primarily uses cellular connections on a system powered by Deutsche Telekom.

With passengers now 100% certain to be on a short-haul aircraft where the system has been activated, we can expect to see more promotional activity as BA seeks to gain a competitive advantage.


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Comments (38)

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  • Jm says:

    I have read that Eastern have now pulled out of the Teeside to Heathrow service post Loganair announcement. Isle of Man to Heathrow is also available to book on BA as a standalone I believe.

    The Loganair Teeside to Heathrow service has interline arrangements to British Airways, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Qatar Airways which means that you can book through tickets with protected connections, baggage checked to final destination.

  • John says:

    On my flight in early December someone asked about wifi and the cabin crew member said it was installed but they wouldn’t turn it on to prevent people from getting ripped off (as it would only be usable for half an hour)

    • Lumma says:

      Well they might have a point, but surely they could come up with a pricing plan than reflects the route (or even offer it for free on the shortest routes).

      I’m not sure why anyone would feel it necessary to require internet access on such a short route however.

      • tony says:

        “I’m not sure why anyone would feel it necessary to require internet access on such a short route however.”

        Presumably the same people who are still taking and making calls as the plane hurtles along the runway?

        • Number9 says:

          The very important people, the people who’s lives are far more important than the rest of us. 🙄 aka head stuck far up their own backsides people.

      • Matarredonda says:

        WIFI on aircraft not needed. Aircraft been the last place where you can relax without a desperate Dan next to you using WiFi to either work or plan some stupid game

        • kitten says:

          Agree. The last refuge.

        • Bagoly says:

          My thoughts too, but it seems we are a minority.

          • Fenny says:

            A fairly large minority. Wifi on short haul would have to be free before I’d even bother – which I mostly wouldn’t, as I can live without my email for several hours at a time. And no way would I pay for wifi on long haul. That’s what audio versions of The West Wing are for.

          • Optimus Prime says:

            I don’t like WiFi on long haul either if cabin crew can’t make sure people won’t use it for calls.

            Last year flying QR to NZ I was woken up by some boomers who decided to FaceTime their grandchildren.

          • kitten says:

            A reason to avoid Qatar then. Lufthansa block voice/videocalling, as they should. I suppose it could even be a hi-jak risk.

  • Michael C says:

    Sorry for a repeat question (the answer last time was regarding connecting flights) but….even though we can’t use avios, can we till use the lounge on LHR-IOM with Loganair, as the flight nº is BA…..?

    • memesweeper says:

      Unless it’s terminal 5 I’m not sure what BA lounge you’d like to use?

      Other codeshares often do *not* come with lounge access for status passengers unless the operator is in oneworld.

  • Craig says:

    Will BA WiFi be similar to US airline systems in which you are able to send messages via WhatsApp, iMessage, etc. Also will there also be a plan to have IFE via your device?

    • Mervyn Miller says:

      I believe that you can get lounge access on these BA codeshares only IF you are BA Gold or higher and have booked with a BA flight number not a Loganair one. As always it may be best to ask BA directly otherwise ask at the Lounges although the desk agents often know less than the correct information on this.

  • Peggerz says:

    20% off many Loganair flights atm using the promo code LOADING21. Excisions include the beach landing at Barra and the Westray/Papa Westray inter Orkney Isles flights, the shortest scheduled flight in the world – as you’ll know.

  • Alice says:

    I wonder if Loganair have more information than we do about the Isle of Man borders reopening. I can’t see many people flying in or out at the moment.

    • Michael C says:

      I was thinking the same, Alice: they work VERY closely with the Manx Govt., so can only imagine it’s the approx. date in mind for a bit of slack, whatever that might involve!

    • Rob says:

      I get a feeling the Manx Government may have stuck a few quid behind the till.

      • Michael C says:

        …and a few more zeroes…!

      • kitten says:

        Good luck to them, if so.

        Isle of Man is a tax haven, right?

        • Rob says:

          Unlike say, Jersey, I don’t think many people are willing to accept the weather there as a reason for saving tax!

          ‘Tax haven’ is an odd phrase. The bottom line is that you don’t need much money to provide schooling, healthcare, benefits and day-to-day infrastructure for just 85,000 people. If you can attract a few industries with a competitive tax offer then you can easily afford to reduce taxation on the local population.

          • Michael C says:

            V. true, Rob. We had an average of 6 in my (IOM state) A-level classes…imagine the price of a UK public school offering that!

          • David says:

            ….and the same holds true for the channel islands too. The economies of smaller places are just inherently different to large places. There are some things that are far cheaper and easier to fund when you are small, some things that are far more expensive. So you trade on the basis of that which you can derive an advantage.
            To offset all the areas where you DON’T get economies of scale. Hence, many things can be cheaper, many things can be far more expensive.
            Economies of small places are just inherently different.

        • David says:

          People who talk about tax havens have no idea what they are talking about.

        • Joe says:

          20% income tax is hardly a tax haven. It’s about double what I pay in one of the lower tax Kantons of Switzerland.

          It’s more that 40-45% is objectively extremely high. Especially when you add on very high VAT. And you have to pay capital gains on equities.

  • Claire says:

    Great news about Southampton flights bookable via BA. In normal times I use 2 to 3 times a year to visit family so great option for avios collection. Will this allow tier points collection. Not sure how code shares work?

    • 1ATL says:

      Generally speaking book as a BA flight number and get tier points and Avios. Book as a LM flight and you won’t get the avios or tier points, however compare both prices as one could be significantly cheaper than the other.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you get tier points on the Loganair flights listed as long as you book via ba.com.

  • TeesTraveller says:

    The Loganair Teesside-Heathrow flights will interline with BA (and others) but there are rumours of a BA codeshare too.

    • kitten says:

      What are facilities like at Teesside airport?

      lounge/cafe/terrace? is it safe and reasonably priced if you had to leave your car for, say, 1-4 weeks?

      • TeesTraveller says:

        For the moment, just OK [lounge, cafe with bar) but that’s fine as I only arrive 45 minutes before departure even with checked luggage.

        There is a major refurb going on right now and soon it will look amazing! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OyBkmmNOErA

        • TeesTraveller says:

          Car parking is free for 3 hours. Not sure for longer stays as I’m only a £10 taxi ride away.

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