On-board WiFi: soft launch is underway

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Onboard wifi is being progessively introduced to both BA's long and shorthaul fleets and it is being marketed as Highlife Connect. This thread is to track the rollout

See post 123 for BA's FAQ on the new system.

Longhaul aircraft With WiFi fitted
A380 - 4 Aircraft

G-XLEA, G-XLEG, G-XLEH, G-XLEI

747 (Super Hi-J) - 18 Aircraft

G-CIVF, G-CIVH, G-CIVI, G-CIVR, G-CIVS, G-CIVV, G-CIVW, G-CIVX, G-CIVY, G-CIVZ
G-BYGA, G-BYGB, G-BYGC, G-BYGD, G-BYGE, G-BYGF, G-BYGG

777-200 (4 Class) - 21 Aircraft

​​​​​​G-VIIA, G-VIIC, G-VIID, G-VIIE, G-VIIF, G-VIIG, G-VIIH, G-VIIJ, G-VIIL, G-VIIM, G-VIIS, G-VIIV, G-VIIW, G-VIIY
G-YMMJ, G-YMMK, G-YMML, G-YMMN, G-YMMO, G-YMMP
G-RAES

​​​​​​777-200 (3 Class) - 12 Aircraft

G-VIIU, G-VIIX
G-YMMA, G-YMMB, G-YMMC, G-YMMD, G-YMME, G-YMMF, G-YMMR, G-YMMS, G-YMMT, G-YMMU

777-300 - 7 Aircraft

G-STBA, G-STBB, G-STBC, G-STBD, G-STBE, G-STBG, G-STBL

Long haul aircraft planned NOT to have WiFi fitted

BA have decided to not fit WiFi to the aircraft listed below. Some of the aircraft are due to be retired from the fleet over the next 2 years. This is thought to be part of the reason for not fitting them with WiFi

747 (Mid-J) - 16 Aircraft

G-BNLN, G-BNLY
G-CIVA, G-CIVB, G-CIVC, G-CIVD, G-CIVE, G-CIVJ, G-CIVK, G-CIVL, G-CIVM, G-CIVN, G-CIVO, G-CIVP, G-CIVT, G-CIVU

747 (Super Hi-J) - 1 Aircraft

G-CIVG

777-200 (4 Class) - 3 Aircraft

G-ZZZA, G-ZZZB, G-ZZZC
Longhaul aircraft still to be fitted with WiFi

WiFi installation on the remaining longhaul aircraft in operation is expected to be completed by early 2020. Dates shown below are roughly when each aircraft are planned to return to service having undergone WiFi installation. Aircraft are listed firstly by type, then listed by planned return to service date.

Information shown may subject to change and is based on info posted in this thread


A380

G-XLEB - mid March (Currently being fitted in Manila)
G-XLEC - May
G-XLEJ - June
G-XLED - August
G-XLEE - October
G-XLEK - November
G-XLEF - February 2020

777-200 (4 Class)

G-VIIN - Late January (Currently in CWL)
G-VIIK - 9 February
G-VIIB - 30 June
G-YMMH - 13 May
G-YMMG - 23 May? (Possible earlier as aircraft currently in CWL. Unsure if WiFi being fitted)
G-YMMI - 21 July

​​​​​​​777-200 (3 Class)

G-VIIO - 17 March
G-VIIP - 8 April
G-VIIR - 30 April
G-VIIT - 24 October

​​​​​​777-300

G-STBI - 2 March
G-STBK - 18 June
G-STBH - 27 November
G-STBF -
G-STBJ -

787-8

Currently unable to find any information on when any of the 12 aircraft in service are expected to be fitted.

​​​​​​​787-9

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G-ZBKI - 12 March
G-ZBKJ - 14 April
G-ZBKK - 23 April
G-ZBKH - 2 May
G-ZBKL - 3 July
G-ZBKM - 12 July
G-ZBKG - 20 July
G-ZBKN - 28 July
G-ZBKO - 28 August
G-ZBKP - 22 November
G-ZBKA -
G-ZBKB -
G-ZBKC -
G-ZBKD -
G-ZBKE -
G-ZBKF -
G-ZBKR -
G-ZBKS - ​​​​​​

For a full list click here: spreadsheet.

Short haul aircraft currently with Highlife Connect available to passengers:
  • See post #170: There are 71 short haul aircraft that have WiFI installed. Testing of this new service will commence in December 2018 followed by rollout by summer 2019. There will be no WiFi available on Scandinavian sectors until 2020. More info here: http://m.atwonline.com/ife/ean-ready...ritish-airways


You can track these aircraft via sites such as thebasource.com and flightradar24. There are currently no plans to install wifi on 747 52J aircraft.

The table below shows (more info in posts #8 and #11) the current cost, which is divided into 2 bands according to whether you need the bandwidth required for streaming videos.

Basic
  • 1 hour: £4.99
  • 4 hour2: £10.99
  • Full flight: £14.99


Fast
  • 1 hour: £7.99
  • 4 hour2: £17.99
  • Full flight: £23.99
From 26th April 2018 Visa were sponsoring a free 1 hour of basic service (see post #198) however that offer was stopped in September 2018.

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Old May 9, 18, 5:42 pm
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From Dave Wallsworth's Instagram G-XLEG:
Does BA have now cameras installed on the A380? Never seen that on BA!
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Does BA have now cameras installed on the A380? Never seen that on BA!
The pilot may have access to cameras that we do not.
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Old May 9, 18, 11:30 pm
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TBB has WiFi enabled (he writes from 33,000ft above Las Vegas).

I had to head to a non-https site to get to the login page (e.g. http://google.co.uk), but once done it appears to be working fine.
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The pilot may have access to cameras that we do not.
Pity! Always find cameras on other airlines exciting and wondered why BA never had them.
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Pity! Always find cameras on other airlines exciting and wondered why BA never had them.
We might get lucky with the A350's
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Originally Posted by JFX1764 View Post
Many Android devices can do this too (WiFi Sharing), but it is prohibited in the .air T&C's. Not sure how they manage it though?
The only way they could prevent this is by somehow filtering out specific MAC addresses by vendor ID - highly unlikely and pretty much impossible for bona fide Android devices. Wouldn’t go around and advertise it to the crew though...
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Old May 11, 18, 9:49 pm
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G-STBL - Has returned from SNN on 10th May after having WIFI enabled.
G-STBD - Was flown to SNN on 10th May, expected to return to service in next few days with WIFI enabled



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Old May 17, 18, 1:56 pm
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Posting from the cabin of G-YMMD with a couple of observations:
- No announcements were made about the WiFi facility, and it isnít advertised anywhere on board
- Pricing and 1 hour free are still as per the first post
- The registration form was glitchy - my friend and I could not register because of a bug in the page, meaning that a mandatory security question could not be selected. Without choosing a security question you are unable to proceed. After much tapping away, we accidentally found a way to get the form to work, which we couldnít repeat.
Advice would be to sign up to a BA .air account before travelling in case this is a regular issue. Iím not sure exactly *how* to do this, but shop.ba.com was the URL. Itís not the same as Exec Club account.
Once signed up, no further problems
- Speed is OK on the 1 hour free service. Fine for general browsing and messaging. Canít get a speed test to run so canít give exact numbers.

Sorry if any of this has been mentioned before in this thread - hope this is useful to any future travellers
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Originally Posted by sixcolours View Post
Posting from the cabin of G-YMMD with a couple of observations:
Greetings sixcolours, and welcome to the BA forum here on Flyertalk, it's great to see you here. Thanks very much for the observations there, and I would certainly suggest setting up an account in advance. I navigated around the fields by using the Tab button, it's not very well designed.

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A further 5 Longhaul aircraft have now had Wifi connected.
These are:
777-200's G-YMME & G-VIIH and 777-300's G-STBB, G-STBD and G-STBL, there are now 19 connected aircraft.
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Once they have upgraded all aircrafts with Wifi, new catering (bedding is done) and IFE ( upgrade the old Rockwell screens) BA will have a competitive product in the market with good Business Class rates!
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It's amazing how quickly Wifi has become normal.

I have been on Finnair, AA and BA in the last couple of weeks over 12 flight sectors. The only flights which didn't have Wifi were (all of) the BA flights - a 777, a 747 and a 320 - and it's already really frustrating.

On every other flight I was able to to work on shared documents in Google Docs and Dropbox and stay in touch with work and family through Whatsapp or SMS and it has rapidly become the norm (all on silent of course).

Am in JFK right now awaiting my flight in F on G-BYGF - the most expensive sector of my trip - and, of course, no Wifi.

I know that there may still be some doubters on this forum about WiFi, but you can't stop the march of technology and it's surprised me how quickly I have started to rely on it.
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Originally Posted by ThatT1Feeling View Post
It's amazing how quickly Wifi has become normal.

I have been on Finnair, AA and BA in the last couple of weeks over 12 flight sectors. The only flights which didn't have Wifi were (all of) the BA flights - a 777, a 747 and a 320 - and it's already really frustrating.

On every other flight I was able to to work on shared documents in Google Docs and Dropbox and stay in touch with work and family through Whatsapp or SMS and it has rapidly become the norm (all on silent of course).

Am in JFK right now awaiting my flight in F on G-BYGF - the most expensive sector of my trip - and, of course, no Wifi.

I know that there may still be some doubters on this forum about WiFi, but you can't stop the march of technology and it's surprised me how quickly I have started to rely on it.
Unfortunate given how many super-hi J 747ís have WiFi, I think itís close to 50% of them have it. I donít see BA hitting itís target of 90% of the fleet by the end of the year given the 787 issues. 77Wís are a good bet for onboard WiFi, they are around 50% fitted too.

Iím more annoyed that SH is ready and I think all the aircraft have had WiFi installed, itís just not bloody switched on.
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On the plus side there is hope that if it does get switched on it will be a “Big Bang” approach given the number of planes already fitted that have been talked about. Watching a slow crawl of a rollout with a 1.3% chance of getting Wi-fi, equipment changes etc. would have been equally frustrating. Might as well wait until lots of planes have it.

i did read about a target of end of June somewhere (can’t remember the source, but it was relatively credible) so let’s see whether that timeframe is correct.
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