Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Europe to offer Wi-Fi across its entire fleet ensuring customers remain connected across flights to and from the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Using a combination of Panasonic and Gogo technology, the service is now available across the airline’s fleet of 39 aircraft.

Whilst Wi-Fi is typically commonplace on domestic carriers an ongoing challenge for the air travel industry has been to find reliable connections over vast expanses of ocean, such as the Atlantic. Unlike flying over Europe or the US the signal cannot come from the ground, and instead has to be transmitted to aircraft from satellites. With this latest development, connectivity will be available above 10,000ft and now means customers will be able to connect shortly after take-off and remain online just before landing.

Mark Anderson, the airline’s customer executive vice president, said: “Customers can work and play throughout their flight as we become the first airline in Europe to offer a fully Wi-Fi enabled fleet. Innovation has always been in our blood and we’ve worked closely with Wi-Fi providers to develop the fastest, most reliable connection across the Atlantic, and are the first carrier to offer Wi-Fi between the UK and the Caribbean, China and Africa.”

Wi-Fi package prices start from £2.99 for a Messaging access with various options up to £14.99 for full flight internet access.

Stats released by the company show that so far 42% of customers opt for the Wi-Fi max package and that the most popular routes for use are Heathrow to New York (JFK), San Francisco and Atlanta.

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