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Qantas will offer free Netflix and Spotify in-flight

Australian airline Qantas has struck a new deal which will allow its passengers to have free access to services such as Netflix, Spotify and Australian TV app Foxtel. These are usually subscription-only so the arrangement means that thousands of hours of TV shows, film, live sports and more than 30 million songs will all be available to stream at 35,000 feet.

The free membership will carry over post flight for a time after the aircraft touches down as Spotify and Netflix will be giving away 30-day trials and Foxtel will be offering three days of full access.

In-flight Wi-Fi

Initially the new in-flight Wi-Fi service will be available on Australian domestic routes later this month and it will be 10 times faster than “conventional in-flight Wi-Fi” according to Qantas.

The airline’s entire fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will start to be fitted with the technology starting this summer and the service is expected to be subsequently rolled out to international flights too.

No shortage of entertainment

Qantas group executive of marketing Olivia Worth said: “We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi. But what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema.”

She added that both Netflix and Foxtel have big catalogues of content and are always looking to expand, meaning plenty of entertainment will be available.

British Airways has already said it plans to launch Wi-Fi capability on its short-haul flights this summer with owner IAG announcing a deal with technology firm Inmarsat to allow passengers to connect to 4G while in the air. BA already offers Wi-Fi on some long-haul aircraft and rivals Lufthansa and Norwegian do so on shorter flights.

The days of seat-back monitors may also end soon as American Airlines has decided to ditch them on its new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in recognition of the fact that most passengers now use their own smartphones, laptops and tablets in-flight.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your Family Travel Insurance in advance.

Date Created: 17 February 2017

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