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) - 17 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) - 23 Aircraft

​​​​​​G-VIIA, G-VIIC, G-VIID, G-VIIE, G-VIIF, G-VIIG, G-VIIH, G-VIIJ, G-VIIK, G-VIIL, G-VIIM, G-VIIN, 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 in 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 - March (Currently being fitted in Manila)
G-XLEC - 13 May
G-XLEJ - 18 June
G-XLED - 18 August
G-XLEE - 24 October
G-XLEK - 29 November
G-XLEF - February 2020
G-XLEL - 2020

777-200 (4 Class)

G-YMMH - 13 May
G-YMMG - 23 May
G-VIIB - 30 June
G-YMMI - 13 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 (Currently at CWL)
G-STBK - 18 June
G-STBH - 27 November
G-STBF - 2020
G-STBJ - 2020

787-8
All expected to be fitted in 2020

787-9

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 - 20 August
G-ZBKP - 22 November
G-ZBKA - 2020
G-ZBKB - 2020
G-ZBKC - 2020
G-ZBKD - 2020
G-ZBKE - 2020
G-ZBKF - 2020
G-ZBKR - 2020
G-ZBKS - 2020

For a full list click here: spreadsheet.

Short haul aircraft currently with Highlife Connect available to passengers:
  • See post #170: There are at least 71 short haul aircraft that have WiFI installed. Testing of this new service will commence in December 2018 followed by full 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
Aircraft with WiFi fitted and Enabled*
Aircraft listed have had their WiFi enabled for testing purposes.

A319 - 2 Aircraft

G-EOUA
G-EUPP

A320 (CEO) - 9 Aircraft

G-EUUG, G-EUUK, G-EUUK, G-EUUM, G-EUUN, G-EUUP
G-EUYE
G-TTOB, G-TTOE
Shorthaul Aircraft NOT planned to receive WiFi
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BA plan to withdraw a number of their A319 aircraft over the next two years. As a result the aircraft listed below will not be fitted with WiFi

A319 - 30 Aircraft

G-EUOB to I
G-EUPA to K, G-EUPW
G-DBCA-H, G-DBCJ, G-DBCK

​​​​​​​You can track these aircraft via sites such as thebasource.com and flightradar24.

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 until September 2018 Visa were sponsoring a free 1 hour of basic service (see post #198) however that offer has ended.

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Old Jul 13, 18, 3:37 pm
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Update:

G-YMMF - Arrived in CWL for maintainence 07JUL. Believe aircraft will be fitted with WIFI at CWL.
G-YMMO - returned from SNN today after WiFi installation
G-YMMP - now in SNN for WIFI installation




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Old Jul 14, 18, 6:31 am
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Below is details of when the LGW based 777’s are to undergo WiFi installation. Each aircraft is planned to take approx 5 days to have WiFi fitted... It is unclear installation will take place at CWL, SNN or LGW.

G-YMMS - WIFI installation planned to be completed first week of October 2018
G-YMMR - WIFI installation planned to be completed mid October 2018
G-YMMC - WIFI installation planned to be completed mid October 2018
G-VIIV - WIFI installation planned to be completed end of October 2018
G-VIIW - WIFI installation planned to be completed first week of November 2018
G-VIIX - WIFI installation planned to be completed mid November 2018
G-VIIT - WIFI installation planned to be completed mid November 2018
G-VIIU - WIFI installation planned to be completed end of November 2018
G-VIIO - WIFI installation planned to be completed mid March 2019
G-VIIP - WIFI installation planned to be completed late March 2019
G-VIIR - WIFI installation planned to be completed early April 2019

Currently only G-VIIY and G-YMMD are the only two LGW based 777’s fitted with WIFI
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Old Jul 16, 18, 2:48 pm
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Yes, and the reason why BA hasn't launched it yet is because it hasn't been launched

There's been talk of other airlines being interested and none of them have come out of the woodwork yet because it is all hinging on the service launching commercially with *someone*, which in this case is IAG (BA). Deutsche Telekom seemed to declare the network "ready" when they had done their bit, which is when they had their ground stations ready - themselves being delayed already. I always found that highly aggressive considering that there was a satellite element to it as well (outside of Deutsche Telekom's responsibility), and if you read between the lines every statement saying the EAN was "ready" referred to sometimes theoretical system trials, not actual trials with all the physical elements actually in place. So the technical side is certainly on element in the delays.

The other is the legal challenges - as much as everyone was adamant that they wouldn't lead to delays, there clearly are delays. So that could be another aspect to this.
There was a tweet today from someone on a flight testing the EAN system. It appears he works for Deutsche Telekom.
It doesn't help much!

Quote - "Implementation is on track for the commercial service launch of EAN to passengers later this year."

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Flew on G-BYGG from LHR to JFK on Saturday. There were a couple of announcements about WiFi, but it didn't work.

Tried on my personal android (Pixel 2) and work iPhone 7 and neither worked.

After initially finding the WiFi network, the shop.ba.com link refused to go past a loading screen.

I wasn't particularly bothered as I didn't need to use it, I was just intrigued as to how fast the system was.
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A data point from my flight to LAX today...
I was on G-XLEG and no WiFi to be found at all. I would have connected if it was available but I didn't ask as I wasn't that bothered.
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Do we have any insight for the LHR fleet still to be fitted? I have seen the post about the 772 schedule but I was wondering particularly about the 773, if anyone knows, thanks!
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Originally Posted by mrpacifist View Post
Do we have any insight for the LHR fleet still to be fitted? I have seen the post about the 772 schedule but I was wondering particularly about the 773, if anyone knows, thanks!
7 our of the 12 773ís are currently fitted with WiFi.

C, H, I, J & K are not fitted.
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Any sign of it coming to the 787 fleet? The mild irony of BA's newest long haul aircraft not having wifi...
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Any sign of it coming to the 787 fleet? The mild irony of BA's newest long haul aircraft not having wifi...
I think the first one is being fitted in September.
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7 our of the 12 773ís are currently fitted with WiFi.

C, H, I, J & K are not fitted.

Thanks Calum for this - I have seen it on the wiki here and thanks also for the info about the 787 being fitted in September. I was also wondering when the rest of the fleet - C, H, I J & K as you mentioned - will be fitted. Any chance by the end of the year if you have any info?
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Is this only being fitted to the long haul fleet at the moment?

What's the chances of WIFI on my flight to AMS next month?
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Originally Posted by smokie36 View Post
Is this only being fitted to the long haul fleet at the moment?

What's the chances of WIFI on my flight to AMS next month?
Hi,

Per the wikipost at the top of this thread apparently 71 short haul a/c have had wifi installed but there is no indication as to when it will be rolled out and switch on.

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Originally Posted by mrpacifist View Post
Thanks Calum for this - I have seen it on the wiki here and thanks also for the info about the 787 being fitted in September. I was also wondering when the rest of the fleet - C, H, I J & K as you mentioned - will be fitted. Any chance by the end of the year if you have any info?
By year end they should all be fitted, however BA may decide to prioritise the 787's. Best advice I can give at the moment is check back every few months.
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By year end they should all be fitted, however BA may decide to prioritise the 787's. Best advice I can give at the moment is check back every few months.
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