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WiFi on DHL A330?

Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:35 am

Does D-ALMA have WiFi installed?
 
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Re: WiFi on DHL A330?

Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:47 am

It does not have the typical large radome associated with inflight WiFi installations.

Besides, what would be the purpose? It is a cargo aircraft. Offering inflight WiFi to your flight crew is typically not a priority.
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Re: WiFi on DHL A330?

Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:43 am

What is the small white hump for?
 
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Re: WiFi on DHL A330?

Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:32 am

That's the Satcom antenna.

I believe this specific one is for the Iridium system (don't take my word for it though), which requires a directional array, versus the Inmarsat one which is fixed (or at least smaller/flush) as it uses geostationary satellites.

Iridium allows for planet-wide coverage whereas Inmarsat is limited at higher latitudes. I'm pretty sure DHL Europe doesn't need that kind of coverage, but that was likely specified by this frame's previous owner: EY.
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