drr49 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 30 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5322 times:
I fly FI quite a bit, and ever since the announcement on 5/2012 that they signed a deal with Row 44 for WiFi, I keep hoping to see it available on a flight. That announcement said that installation would be complete by the fall of 2013, but no availability on any of my recent flights.
I asked a F/A on my current trip, and she said that only one plane had been mod'ed, and they were looking at results before mod'ing other a/c.
In passsing thru KEF today, during the peak afternoon hub rush, I noticed one a/c with a very unusual dome on the top of the fuselage, about 1-2 m long, and about 2/3 the way back from the nose. No other a/c parked had this dome on top, and there were about 9 a/c I could see. I'm wondering if this is the antenna for the Row 44 service.
The a/c with the dome is TF-FIU.
I'm curious is anyone has any idea if FI plans to proceed with further instlations on other a/c. Something must not be as expected, perhaps on the revenue generation side, as the installation was to be complete, fleet-wide, by now.
icelandair75w From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5162 times:
TFFIU was indeed the first to have the WiFi dome installed.
The remaining aircraft will receive the WiFi mod through the winter when they go through their yearly C checks.
TFFIO is currently in such a check and is having that installed as well as a few other new additions.
faxiTMA From Iceland, joined Jan 2009, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3613 times:
Just yesterday was the first flight with the WiFi system activated, I haven't seen the results of that trial yet, until now we've had some technical difficulties, including the WiFi interfering the current IFE system. For now only FIU and FIO have the "hump" installed
apfpilot From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
Quoting musang (Reply 6): Why would an airline NOT specify wifi on new aircraft these days? Surely retrofit is more expensive, and not installing it places the carrier at a competitive disadvantage.
Regards - musang
I work for one of (if not the) largest inflight wi-fi provider on the bizjet side of things and through our efforts the competitive disadvantage in the part 135 charter market of not having wi-fi is huge.
Opinions are my own and do not reflect an endorsement or position of my employer.