Norwegian announces free WiFi on long haul flights

Norwegian has announced the rollout of Wi-Fi connectivity on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 737 MAX aircraft, with free Wi-Fi to be offered for the full duration of long haul flights.

The move will see the airline become the first low-cost carrier to introduce free wireless internet on intercontinental flights, and will be completed on more than 50 per cent of the Dreamliner fleet by 2020.

Rollout of Wi-Fi on the airline’s 737 MAX aircraft will commence later this month.

Passengers onboard Norwegian flights will have the choice of two inflight Wi-F packages – a ‘basic option’ with slower speeds and a faster ‘premium option,’ enabling streaming of music and videos.

Premium high-speed Wi-Fi will be available at an introductory price of $14.95 USD / €12.95 EUR for a three-hour package.

Vice President of Business Development, Boris Bubresko, said: “We’re continuously improving the inflight customer experience and we’re delighted to be the first airline offering free Wi-Fi for the full duration of long-haul flights.

“Millions of Norwegian customers have already enjoyed free Wi-Fi over the skies of Europe and now long-haul passengers can continue to rely on free and high-speed internet connectivity that will enhance and personalise their journeys.

“From being the first European airline to launch free Wi-Fi on all short-haul flights followed by free live television, Norwegian’s rollout of high-quality inflight broadband services will offer business and leisure travellers even greater value at affordable fares.”

In 2019, Norwegian will take delivery of five new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 19 737 MAX aircraft. The airline currently operates 24 787-9 Dreamliners as part of its overall Dreamliner fleet of 32 aircraft.