Cebu Pacific to offer inflight Wi-Fi on long-haul flights


Posted at Jul 03 2012 02:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2012 10:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Leading low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will offer Wi-Fi for its passengers on long-haul routes starting next year. 

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it will provide OnAir Internet service to its passengers on the Airbus A330. The airline also has the option to install Wi-Fi on its current fleet of Airbus A320 planes for short-haul flights.

This will allow passengers to access Internet and make calls using Voice Over IP applications on phones, tablets, and laptops during their flights.

However, Cebu Pacific has yet to announce its first long-haul destination. Earlier, the airline said its long-haul routes will be within the A330's 11-hour flying range, including Middle East, Australia, parts of Europe and US.

The A330 fleet will be introduced by the third quarter of 2013. Cebu Pacific is planning to lease up to 8 Airbus A330-300 aircraft to serve new markets beyond the range of its current fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

"Cebu Pacific has a highly social community of over 600,000 likes on Facebook and over 380,000 Twitter followers. We are very happy to provide our guests with the convenience of online connectivity while in-flight," said Candice Iyog, CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution.

Cebu Pacific will be the first long-haul, low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia, as well as first Philippine carrier, to provide inflight Internet access.

OnAir CEO Ian Dawkins said Cebu Pacific is its first low-cost, long-range Wi-Fi client in Asia.

"Cebu Pacific’s focus on social media makes inflight connectivity an obvious option, both so that passengers can stay connected throughout their journey, and so the airline can continue reaching its passengers... As the air transport market develops, we expect to see more LCCs operating long-haul routes and there is no doubt they will want to provide connectivity," Dawkins said.