Emirates to spend $20m for wi-fi rollout across fleet
The rollout is reportedly the airline's first step to making wi-fi free-of-charge
Dubai-based Emirates airline is spending $20 million (AED73.4 million) a year to roll-out wi-fi services across its fleet, as a step to making it free-of-charge, the carrier said on Tuesday, Gulf News reported.
The top airliner currently offers wi-fi service on its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.
“We’ve always viewed Wi-Fi as a service and a value-added part of Emirates’ overall product, rather than a revenue stream,” Sir Tim Clark, President of the largest Middle East carrier said in a statement.
Emirates said most fwi-fi-enabled flights offer 10MB of free wifi to passenger, and charge $1 for every $600MB exceeding that.
While it increases the carrier’s revenues, Clark said that profit was not the main motive behind the move.
“If we can offer good quality Wi-Fi connections for everyone onboard at no charge tomorrow, we will do it… We’ve always viewed Wi-Fi as a service and a value-added part of Emirates’ overall product, rather than a revenue stream,” he said.
Emirates did not set a timeline for the full wi-fi rollout, nor when it would start offering the service for free.