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Singapore Airlines To Introduce Wi-Fi Onboard  
User currently offlinecheeken From Singapore, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

Singapore Airlines has finally restarted Wi-Fi services on board! Available on A345s and rolling out on A380s and 77Ws.

With a new product coming next year, perhaps SQ can begin winning back some of the market share lost to fierce competition from LCCs.

I do wonder if the buggy website has been fixed as well, haven't heard much complaints about it lately.

In any case, it seems that SQ is getting back in the game!

http://www.singaporeair.com/jsp/cms/..._with_us/inflight-connectivity.jsp

25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1113 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

If skyhigh prices to boot? Probably lukewarm reception at best unless one is in desperate need for an internet connection?


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User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

Quoting huaiwei (Reply 1):
If skyhigh prices to boot? Probably lukewarm reception at best unless one is in desperate need for an internet connection?

Agreed, I will wait until I land thank you very much. Hats off for getting it but i guess we need ot see lots of the competition getting it as well which in time will hopefully drive down the usage fee.


User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8210 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4486 times:

Quoting huaiwei (Reply 1):
If skyhigh prices to boot? Probably lukewarm reception at best unless one is in desperate need for an internet connection?

If I'm traveling for work my company pays for it. I have a trip planned to India (from the US), and I will waste 2 full days of work getting there and back. If I had Internet access which allowed me to vpn into my network, it would be worth every penny.


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4463 times:

I remember having WiFi onboard my A380 flight (9V-SKB) in last April already. There was a plastified leaflet about it in every seatpocket. Didn't use it myself though.


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User currently offlineavek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4336 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Good to see Singapore Airlines finally catching up to the tech standards of USA legacy carriers.


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User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8210 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Quoting avek00 (Reply 5):

Good to see Singapore Airlines finally catching up to the tech standards of USA legacy carriers.

Sorry, which US carrier offers wifi on International routes?


User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30572 posts, RR: 84
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4091 times:
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I used Connexion a fair bit on SQ, LH and others because the flat-fee option seemed reasonable to me (and my employer) for a long flight.

Fortunately my company will spring for this (at least to start), but if I had to pay out of pocket, I personally believe it is too expensive.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

Quoting avek00 (Reply 5):
Good to see Singapore Airlines finally catching up to the tech standards of USA legacy carriers.

Very confusing post. Since when do legacy carriers in the US provide Wi-Fi on their long-haul, international sectors?


User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

Quoting avek00 (Reply 5):
Good to see Singapore Airlines finally catching up to the tech standards of USA legacy carriers.

Pardon my ignorance, which USA legacy airlines offer wi-fi on their long-haul international routes ?



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User currently offlineAF185 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2012, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

Being on a long haul flight remains one of the few occasions in our busy society to be out of Internet /social media /tv /blackberry ..for a few hours. It feels so relaxing

I just hope it remains that way


User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

I don't fly with SQ.. but are they adding Wi-Fi for international sectors AND domestic sectors, or just domestic sectors?

Quoting airbazar (Reply 6):
Sorry, which US carrier offers wifi on International routes?

None. Delta will.



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User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5930 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Reply 9):
Quoting avek00 (Reply 5):
Good to see Singapore Airlines finally catching up to the tech standards of USA legacy carriers.

Pardon my ignorance, which USA legacy airlines offer wi-fi on their long-haul international routes ?

UA and DL are going to be offering Wifi on long haul flights. Both are scheduled to start retrofitting their long haul fleet with it next year.



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

Hmm. Does SQ have domestic sectors?

User currently offlineTreeHillRavens From Malaysia, joined Jun 2007, 394 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 11):

I don't fly with SQ.. but are they adding Wi-Fi for international sectors AND domestic sectors, or just domestic sectors?

Domestic sectors ???


User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5930 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 13):

Hmm. Does SQ have domestic sectors?

In a word no..... 



Semper Fi - PowerPoint makes us stupid.
User currently onlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 11):
adding Wi-Fi for international sectors AND domestic sectors, or just domestic sectors?

Suggest you use Regional instead of domestic.



John@SFO
User currently offlineaquariusHKG From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

Quoting airbazar (Reply 3):
If I'm traveling for work my company pays for it. I have a trip planned to India (from the US), and I will waste 2 full days of work getting there and back. If I had Internet access which allowed me to vpn into my network, it would be worth every penny.

I have doubts that the internet quality may not be enough for a decent VPN connections


User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8210 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Quoting AF185 (Reply 10):
Being on a long haul flight remains one of the few occasions in our busy society to be out of Internet /social media /tv /blackberry ..for a few hours. It feels so relaxing

Speak for yourself. Although I work in the technology industry I don't even own a smart phone. It's actually very easy to disconnect. You just have to want to do it.

Quoting aquariusHKG (Reply 17):

I have doubts that the internet quality may not be enough for a decent VPN connections

I've heard of people Skyping so it should be good enough for VPN.


User currently onlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

I've used the wifi on TK IST-LAX and it was really nice to have. It was free though, and painfully slow, but at least I could check emails and get some work done. It'll be nice when this becomes a more standard feature of longhaul flying.

User currently offlineXJetflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Airlines should have WI-FI available these days. This should be the norm on flights. I enjoy getting work done and just reading articles online while flying. Of course I enjoy the take off and landing and take breaks to enoy the flight also.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3809 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

I'd love it if airlines used their wifi system so you can stream the IFE, not from the internet but from onboard storage. They wouldn't even need a connection to the ground, just sort of an intranet.

Soren   



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User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5930 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 21):
I'd love it if airlines used their wifi system so you can stream the IFE, not from the internet but from onboard storage. They wouldn't even need a connection to the ground, just sort of an intranet.

Not sure about SQ but UA is launching just that...you will not only be able to access the internet but also stream video from onboard servers into your personal device (iPad, tablet ect.) Its great for aircraft that do not currently have PTVs installed...



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User currently offlineRwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Quoting legacyins (Reply 16):
Quoting ghifty (Reply 11):
adding Wi-Fi for international sectors AND domestic sectors, or just domestic sectors?

Suggest you use Regional instead of domestic.

In SQs case, regional is still international. While Delta does not now have wi-fi on international flights, they will soon. However, Delta does have a huge domestic system that has wi-fi and has had it for a while. How does SQs wi-fi capable domestic system compare?  



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User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8866 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

Quoting avek00 (Reply 5):
Good to see Singapore Airlines finally catching up to the tech standards of USA legacy carriers.

Those carriers are using a ground based system, where the aircraft needs to be over a landmass for it to work, and I assume it is only over the US.

Each country worldwide has different WiFi frequencies in their approved frequency bands. When you buy a WiFi router, you may notice in the setup it asks you to set the location, this is to set the correct frequency spectrum. We have WiFi installing on our aircraft, however it is not turned on as a number of countries where we operate have conflicting frequency spectrum. One cannot operate an aircraft with illegal radio transmissions, which is what Wifi is on the incorrect frequency.

I will like to see how SQ covers this, maybe they will not have an issue on their route structure, with the selected aircraft.



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User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8210 posts, RR: 10
Reply 25, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

Quoting United1 (Reply 22):
Not sure about SQ but UA is launching just that...you will not only be able to access the internet but also stream video from onboard servers into your personal device (iPad, tablet ect.) Its great for aircraft that do not currently have PTVs installed...

I suspect that is the way of the future. Just about every one these days has some sort of wireless video device. Think about all the weight savings that can be translated into fuel savings, and leg room savings from not having those AVOD boxes under every other seat. They could still have the individual screens on every seatback where each passenger can plug in their own device.


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