British Airways short-haul flights will be equipped with WiFi in the coming years after BA parent company IAG signed a deal with satellite broadband provider Inmarsat.
In total 132 BA planes will be equipped with kit to receive WiFi so that passengers can get online while in the air with speeds akin to a 4G mobile broadband network.
Other IAG brands are also included in the deal, and 125 Vueling, 45 Iberia and 39 Aer Lingus planes will receive the services.
The first BA aircraft will have the service next summer, while Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling aircraft will follow later in 2017. IAG expects that 90 per cent of all its planes will have high-speed WiFi by 2019.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh explained that the service will allow customers to remain connected at all times.
"We are giving our customers the fastest connectivity you can get on any aircraft. Having announced WiFi for long-haul flights earlier this year we are now equipping our airlines' short-haul fleets with inflight broadband access,” he said.
“Connectivity is essential because it's what our customers demand and IAG will be the first European airline group to offer high-quality air to ground WiFi on short-haul flights."
IAG signed a deal earlier this year with high-speed satellite broadband provider GoGo for long-haul services, covering 118 British Airways planes, four Aer Lingus B757s and up to 15 Iberia long-haul aircraft, with a promise of speeds of around 70Mbps per user.
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