Russia will soon begin to provide the Internet for passengers on short flights for the first time. This was reported by Izvestia.
Aeroflot will be the pioneer; the service will begin to be provided in April. The corresponding equipment is planned to be installed on 16 of Aeroflot’s medium-haul aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. It will cost the company almost $ 8 million. Passengers will be offered the service at a price of $ 5 to $ 25. Subsequently, all new Airbus A320neo and A350 will be delivered to Aeroflot with already installed access systems.
In addition to Aeroflot, Utair and Ural Airlines are working on the Internet access service. While the companies are considering the issue of launching the Internet on board, no exact dates have been announced. Oleg Semenov, President of the Utair aircraft segment, explained about the payment for the service:
We are working on an acceptable solution for ourselves, and, of course, such a service will appear. Conceptually, we do not plan to include it in the ticket price, but will provide passengers with the opportunity to choose this additional service if they need it. ”