The European budget airline has begun to roll out free Wi-Fi service

Norwegian Airlines will begin offering free Wi-Fi on its long-haul flights.

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In a press release, Norwegian Air, which was voted the best low-cost long-haul airline for 2018 by Skytrax, said it has begun to roll out the service on its  Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 737 MAX fleet.

We've started rolling out Wi-Fi on our #787-9 Dreamliners and 737 MAX aircraft as the first low-cost airline to offer FREE Wi-Fi on long-haul flights! New high-speed #WiFi fast enough to stream your favourite shows also features! #FlyNorwegian #PaxEx

— Norwegian (@Fly_Norwegian) January 8, 2019

“Norwegian customers flying between Europe, USA, South America, and Asia will be able to stay connected in the skies with the rollout of free and premium high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 737 MAX aircraft.”

The airline will be offering both a basic option free of charge, as well as a premium option which costs $14.95 USD / €12.95 EUR for a three-hour package.

The basic option is best suited for checking in on emails and social media, while the premium option is the better choice for streaming movies and television shows.

“More than 50 percent of Norwegian’s 787-9 Dreamliner fleet is expected to offer in-flight connectivity by 2020. The rollout of Wi-Fi on the airline’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will commence from mid-January 2019.”

Boris Bubresko, Vice President Business Development at Norwegian Airlines said: “We’re continuously improving the inflight customer experience and we’re delighted to be the first airline offering free Wi-Fi for the full duration of long-haul flights.”

“Millions of Norwegian customers have already enjoyed free Wi-Fi over the skies of Europe and now long-haul passengers can continue to rely on free and high-speed internet connectivity that will enhance and personalize their journeys.”

“From being the first European airline to launch free Wi-Fi on all short-haul flights followed by free live television, Norwegian’s rollout of high-quality inflight broadband services will offer business and leisure travelers even greater value at affordable fares.”

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The new in-flight availability is being provided by Collins Aerospace through their CabinConnect service.

LeAnn Ridgeway, Vice President of Information Management Services at Collins Aerospace said: “We are collaborating with Norwegian to achieve their vision of optimizing their aircraft and enterprise operations to address both cabin and flight deck requirements, as well as adding new capabilities for the future.”

Norwegian Air currently offers long-haul flights from Belfast, Dublin, Cork, and Shannon in Ireland to the US East Coast.

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