Wi-Fi Above the Clouds: Lufthansa Group's Game-Changer for Sky-High Connectivity

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 26, 2024 00:05 AMNews
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Imagine chatting with your family or closing a business deal while cruising at 10,000 meters above the ground! This is not a snippet from a sci-fi novel but the latest reality aboard Lufthansa Group's flights. In a groundbreaking move, over 150 short and medium-haul aircraft in the fleet are gearing up to offer broadband Internet. This includes Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, and for the first time, SWISS, ensuring that your European travels are more connected than ever.

Starting from late 2024, the Airbus A220/320 family aircraft will undergo this high-tech transformation over two years. If you've flown with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, or Eurowings since 2017, you might have already enjoyed a taste of their Wi-Fi service. But now, they're taking it up a notch. Imagine sending unlimited texts to your friends or scrolling through your social feeds at 30,000 feet, all for free, given you're logged in with a Miles & More service card or a Lufthansa Group Travel ID.

The deal gets even sweeter. If you crave faster, premium Internet, it's now almost 50% cheaper, starting from a mere six euros. The best part? You can access a plethora of in-flight services without any charge. Whether you're tracking your flight's progress, downloading e-journals, or shopping for some last-minute gifts from the Worldshop, it's all at your fingertips, quite literally.

But it's not just about keeping passengers entertained. This high-flying Wi-Fi is also a tool for the crew. By helping them optimize flight routes in real time, it's a step towards more eco-friendly skies, cutting down fuel use and CO2 emissions.

Behind this tech marvel is a partnership with Viasat and Inmarsat, ensuring that your sky-high Internet is as seamless as it is on the ground. The innovative European Aviation Network (EAN) technology combines satellite and ground-based 4G LTE components, offering robust and consistent connectivity.

And here's the cherry on top for the environmentally conscious flyer: the new system is eco-friendlier than its predecessors. Thanks to lighter antennas, the aircraft won't be carrying unnecessary weight, meaning less fuel burn and fewer emissions.

So next time you're flying across Europe with Lufthansa Group, prepare to stay connected like never before. Whether you're flying for business or leisure, this Wi-Fi upgrade promises to make your journey more enjoyable, productive, and sustainable. It's not just a flight; it's a connected experience!

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