ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian airlines has rolled out onborard internet connectivity using the latest satellite technology, it has announced on today.
“Surfing the internet with seamless reliable connectivity has now become the new normal onboard Ethiopian Airlines flights thanks to the onboard WiFi internet connectivity the Airline introduced on its A350 fleet using the latest broadband satellite technology (Kaband),” it says in a statement.
The passengers will enjoy reliable broadband internet connectivity for sending emails, shopping online or even chatting on social media while flying over the clouds.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said the latest broadband satellite technology, Ka-band, offers passengers seamless digital experience as they fly Ethiopian.
“The launch of the onboard wi-fi internet is part of our relentless efforts to further add to passengers’ comfort keeping pace with the technology of the day,” he said.
As customer-centric airline, we will remain focused on continuous service excellence, taking advantage ofemerging technologies and infrastructure.”
The service, however, is not for free.
Passengers needs to purchase vouchers at Ethiopian Airlines sales outlets including Addis Ababa International Airport customer service desk, boarding gate and cabin crews onboard the fights.
Online sales through credit/debit card and ShebaMiles miles are also additional options for passengers to enjoy the service, the airlines says.
The inflight WiFi can be accessed with smart phones, tablets and laptops.
The service is initially launched on the A350 fleet of Ethiopian with further plans to expand the service on other airplanes deployed on long haul flights, it added.
Ethiopian currently commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 125 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.