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SAS introduces in-flight Wi-Fi on Scandinavian routes

Konstantin Sheiko
May 18, 2018

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) announced Wednesday it had launched a new, high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi service on its short- and medium-haul routes between Scandinavia and Europe. The new Wi-Fi system will be powered by Viasat, a solution that carrier says will make it faster than all alternatives.

Higher speeds will allow passengers to stream their favourite movies, use social media, send images and answer emails from their seat. Scandinavian passengers now have gate-to-gate access to the internet, with the service already being installed on 28 aircrafts.

SAS also confirmed it expects to have around 40 aircraft installed with the new high-speed Wi-Fi system by September. The airline wants the majority of its fleet to be Wi-Fi-enabled by the first quarter of 2020. 

“We have made a big investment in our in-flight Wi-Fi product to ensure our customers enjoy the best in-flight internet experience,” said SAS vice president Therese Lorenius. “Together with our recent investments in our new A320neo aircraft, SAS is now even more competitive and able to maintain its strong position on the Scandinavian market.” 

Scandinavian Plus travellers will be able to access the network for free, whereas Go class passengers will be asked to pay $7 to login for the flight. Whilst common on long-haul flights, WiFi was, until recently, too costly to install on commercial airliners that perform short, regional flights. Operating since 1918, SAS has 160 airliners and a market cap of near €10 billion.

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