This is a good news to frequent travelers out there who always fly with Cebu Pacific.
Cebu Pacific will start to implement in-flight Wi-Fi on their A330 fleet by Q3 2013. The low-cost carrier will partner with OnAir to offer internet connection on it’s long-haul international flights, which makes them the first LCC to roll-out this kind of service in South East Asia.
“Cebu Pacific’s focus on social media makes inflight connectivity an obvious option, both so that passengers can stay connected throughout their journey, and so the airline can continue reaching its passengers,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. OnAir uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband network, which can only have a maximum speed of 432kbps – so don’t get your hopes high yet of making FaceTime calls while you’re high up above.
If you are scratching your head and wondering how in-flight internet connection works, here’s a quick explanation. Users would connect to a Wi-Fi network on-board or thru wired Ethernet. Data requests would be then processed by the server on the plane, transmit it to the ground via satellite, and relay it to the infrastructure on the ground which also processes the payment made by the customers as well as handle the traffic.
No info has been made available at this time on how much the service would cost. Cebu Pacific will also have the option to roll this out to their A320 short-haul aircrafts in the next phase.