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

See https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb.../wifi-on-board for BA's FAQ on the system.

Longhaul aircraft with WiFi fitted
A380 - 6/12 Aircraft

G-XLEA, G-XLEB, G-XLEC, G-XLEG, G-XLEH, G-XLEI

747 (Super Hi-J) - 17/18 Aircraft (one will not be getting wifi)

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

777-200 (4 Class) - 24/30 Aircraft (three will not be getting wifi)

G-RAES
​​​​​​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-YMMH, G-YMMJ, G-YMMK, G-YMML, G-YMMN, G-YMMO, G-YMMP

​​​​​​777-200 (3 Class) - 15/16 Aircraft

G-VIIO, G-VIIP, G-VIIR, 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 - 8/12 Aircraft

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

787-9 - 4/18 Aircraft

G-ZBKH, G-ZBKI, G-ZBKJ, G-ZBKK


This is the current cost for longhaul flights:

Basic (Browse package)
  • 1 hour: £4.99
  • 4 hours: £10.99
  • Full flight: £14.99

Fast (Stream package)
  • 1 hour: £7.99
  • 4 hours: £17.99
  • Full flight: £23.99
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 is 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-XLEJ - 18 June (Currently at MNL)
G-XLED - 18 August
G-XLEE - 24 October
G-XLEK - 29 November
G-XLEF - February 2020
G-XLEL - 2020

777-200 (4 Class)

G-YMMG - 26 May (Currently at CWL)
G-VIIB - 30 June
G-YMMI - 13 July

777-200 (3 Class)

G-VIIT - 24 October

​​​​​​777-300

G-STBK - 18 June
G-STBH - 27 November
G-STBF - 2020
G-STBJ - 2020

787-8

G-ZBJA - 2020
G-ZBJB - 2020
G-ZBJC - 2020
G-ZBJD - 2020
G-ZBJE - 2020
G-ZBJF - 2020
G-ZBJG - 2020
G-ZBJH - 2020
G-ZBJI - 2020
G-ZBJJ - 2020
G-ZBJK -2020
G-ZBJM - 2020

787-9

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

Longhaul 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 two 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

Short and midhaul aircraft known to have WiFi fitted and enabled
Following testing the system went live on the first few aircraft in March 2019 with full rollout expected by summer 2019.

A319 - 3 Aircraft

G-EUPM, G-EUPR, G-EUPZ

A320 - 14 Aircraft

G-EUUJ, G-EUUM, G-EUUN
G-EUYD, G-EUYE, G-EUYG, G-EUYI, G-EUYL, G-EUYT, G-EUYX
G-GATK, G-GATM, G-GATP
G-TTOE

A320neo - 2 Aircraft

G-TTNC, G-TTNJ

A321 - 2 Aircraft

G-EUXE, G-EUXL

The cost of wifi on shorthaul flights is dependant on the route. So far the following prices are known:-

Messaging - £1.99 or £2.99 depending on distance.

Browse & Stream (whole flight)
£4.99 (MAN / NCL)
£6.99 (HAM)
£7.99 (LIS / PMI)
£8.99 (AGP)
£9.99 (SOF)

There have also been one hour browse & stream packages available for £4.99 reported on the LGW-PMI and LHR-SOF routes. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent feature or price-testing as the service rolls out.

Shorthaul aircraft NOT planned to receive WiFi
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

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Old Sep 30, 17, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonCanuck View Post
Excellent. Will be in a 747 to Denver in Nov so will hopefully get one that have it... Maybe worth starting a Wiki as more planes get enabled and people can report their experiences ?
You will not, Iím afraid. DEN is not a HI-J route and there is no plan to install Wi-Fi on the MID-J 747s.
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Old Sep 30, 17, 11:38 pm
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With respect to pricing, I would hope the basic service would be offered free in F or J. I favour hotel chains that have fast, free wifi and I suspect this will increasingly become a factor on airlines in the future.

An an option to pay using Avios would also be welcome.
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Old Oct 1, 17, 12:17 am
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Interesting, I was on BA 114 (JFK to LHR) 2 days ago (747) and received a survey after asking if I knew that wifi was available. I did not, as there were no announcements or inserts in the seat pocket. My first thought was the survey was wrong as they asked other questions that did not apply.
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Old Oct 1, 17, 12:31 am
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Originally Posted by batrm View Post
You will not, Iím afraid. DEN is not a HI-J route and there is no plan to install Wi-Fi on the MID-J 747s.
Ahh... knee it was a mid-J route, just didnít know they werenít installing WiFi. Thanks for info...
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I've put a wiki on to the thread. What I think would be useful would be getting a note of those aircraft with a working wifi available for passenger list, so any updates there would be good.

To find out which aircraft may operate your flight use this URL:
Code:
http://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ba174
replacing 174 with your actual flight number. It's not totally reliable and it only indicates expected movements a few days before travel.
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The South Wales Aviation Group website is a great source of information, as it tracks BA long haul aircraft as they go into the BAMC for their scheduled overhaul.

2017 movements in/out BAMC at Cardiff
source: http://cardiffstathan.blogspot.co.uk/p/bamc.html
G-CIVR/S/X are highlighted below:

G-CIVA B744 52J 04/11/16 9170 - 04/01/17 9151
G-BNWX B763 06/12/16 9272 - 14/01/17 9272
G-YMMT B772 10/12/16 9174 - 04/01/17 9171 to Gatwick
G-CIVC B744 52J 22/12/16 9170 - 24/01/17 9173
G-VIIF B772 22/12/16 9150 - 10/01/17 9171
G-ZBJG B788 23/12/16 9154 - 02/01/17 9154
G-BNWA B763 09/01/17 9274 - 09/01/17 9275 (day visit)
G-YMMN B772 10/01/17 9170 - 01/02/17 9171
G-BNWA B763 11/01/17 9278 - 22/01/17 9275
G-BNLP B744 14/01/17 9270 - 21/02/17 9173
G-BNWB B763 22/01/17 9274 - 06/02/17 9270
G-VIIG B772 22/01/17 9170 - 08/02/17 9171
G-ZBKE B789 31/01/17 9174 - 01/02/17 9175 (hangar fit checks)
G-CIVJ B744 52J 05/02/17 9170 - 28/02/17 9171
G-VIIU B772 06/02/17 9604 from Kingston Jamaica - 12/02/17 9171 to Gatwick
G-BNLY B744 52J 11/02/17 9172 - 22/04/17 9170
G-VIIE B772 11/02/17 9170 - 28/02/17 9174
G-VIIY B772 17/02/17 9172 from Gatwick - 21/02/17 9179 to Gatwick
G-ZBJE B788 22/02/17 9170 - 05/03/17 9177
G-CIVE B744 52J 22/02/17 9172 - 11/03/17 9171
G-STBG B77W 26/02/17 9170 - 08/03/17 9173
LN-LND B788 03/03/17 8984 from Stockholm - 09/03/17 8983 to Copenhagen
G-VIIK B772 09/03/17 9170 - 19/03/17 9171
LN-LNH B788 09/03/17 8982 from Copenhagen - 15/03/17 8982 to Gatwick
G-BNLO B744 52J 11/03/17 9170 - 22/03/17 9179 to Teruel
G-BNLN B744 52J 11/03/17 9173 - 06/04/17 9172
LN-LNE B788 14/03/17 8982 from Copenhagen - 21/03/17 8983 to Copenhagen
G-VIIH B772 19/03/17 9170 - 28/03/17 9171
LN-LNA B788 20/03/17 8982 from Copenhagen - 28/03/17 8983 to Oslo
LN-LNF B788 28/03/17 8982 from Oslo - 03/04/17 8983 to Oslo
G-ZZZC B772 28/03/17 9170 - 05/04/17 9174
LN-LNB B788 03/04/17 8982 from Oslo - 10/04/17 8983 to Oslo
G-CIVF B744 86J 04/04/17 9171 - 18/04/17 9171
G-CIVP B744 52J 06/04/17 9170 - 19/05/17 9174
LN-LNG B788 10/04/17 8982 from Oslo - 17/04/17 8984 to Oslo
G-VIIK B772 14/04/17 9170 - 19/04/17 9173
G-ZBJF B788 19/04/17 9175 - 29/04/17 9171
G-VIIW B772 19/04/17 9172 from Gatwick - 23/04/17 9178 to Gatwick
G-VIIV B772 24/04/17 9177 from Gatwick - 30/04/17 9170 to Gatwick
G-YMMO B772 29/04/17 9178 - 20/05/17 9173
G-CIVW B744 86J 29/04/17 9170 - 15/05/17 9171
G-CIVL B744 52J 14/05/17 9170 - 31/05/17 9175
G-YMMP B772 20/05/17 9172 - 12/06/17 9171
G-CIVR B744 86J 20/05/17 9170 - 01/07/17 9173
G-BNWZ B763 31/05/17 9171 - 12/06/17 9172
G-YMMU B772 12/06/17 9170 - 29/06/17 9171
G-BZHA B763 12/06/17 9173 - 24/06/17 9270
G-BZHB B763 24/06/17 9271 - 05/07/17 9172
G-VIIH B772 28/06/17 9170 - 04/07/17 9175
G-CIVS B744 86J 01/07/17 9172 - 11/08/17 9171
G-ZBJG B788 05/07/17 9170 - 14/07/17 9171
G-CIVG B744 86J 06/07/17 9170 - 25/07/17 9174
G-ZBJH B788 15/07/17 9170 - 24/07/17 9173
G-CIVX B744 86J 24/07/17 9170 - 03/09/17 9173
G-STBL B77W 26/07/17 9170 - 02/08/17 9171
G-RAES B772 02/08/17 9172 - 14/08/17 9172
G-ZZZB B772 10/08/17 9172 - 26/08/17 9172
G-CIVU B744 52J 11/08/17 9170 - 25/09/17 9175
G-VIIL B772 22/08/17 9173 - 31/08/17 9171
G-ZZZC B772 26/08/17 9171 - 10/09/17 9173
G-CIVV B744 86J 02/09/17 9171 - 02/09/17 9170 (CIVX not ready)
G-CIVV B744 86J 04/09/17 9172 - Current
G-STBE B77W 10/09/17 9170 - 13/09/17 9173
G-STBB B77W 14/09/17 9170 - 22/09/17 9176
G-CIVK B744 52J 21/09/17 9172 - Current
G-STBC B77W 22/09/17 9177 - 29/09/17 9171
G-BNLY B744 52J 25/09/17 9174 - Current
G-VIIS B772 29/09/17 9173 - Current

To assist you cross referencing the 86J 747s, here is a list of these aircraft. Those that we know have working wifi are highlighted :
G-BYGA G-BYGB G-BYGC G-BYGD G-BYGE G-BYGF G-BYGG G-CIVF G-CIVG G-CIVH G-CIVI G-CIVR G-CIVS G-CIVV G-CIVW G-CIVX G-CIVY G-CIVZ

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Old Oct 1, 17, 3:15 am
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
The South Wales Aviation Group website is a great source of information, as it tracks BA long haul aircraft as they go into the BAMC for their scheduled overhaul.
Very interesting. From the above list there are several aircraft that were in for similar lengths of time which therefore may have been fitted, so G-CIVG for example, which had a prototype wifi on it previously and is 86J, whereas CIVU is 52J.

There there are 788 aircraft such as G-ZBJH. Did that get fitted? This aircraft does things like BWI, YUL and Indian destinations.
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Interestingly, (well to me), G-CIVG has recently had the old prototype WiFi removed but not had the new one fitted!
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Very interesting. From the above list there are several aircraft that were in for similar lengths of time which therefore may have been fitted, so G-CIVG for example, which had a prototype wifi on it previously and is 86J, whereas CIVU is 52J.

There there are 788 aircraft such as G-ZBJH. Did that get fitted? This aircraft does things like BWI, YUL and Indian destinations.
Yes, I wondering about this too. Also, several Boeing 773s (G-STBx) have recently spent short periods at the Cardiff maintenance centre, so it is possible they have been fitted.
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Interestingly, (well to me), G-CIVG has recently had the old prototype WiFi removed but not had the new one fitted!
Is that based on something you know? That aircraft was in CWL at the back end of July.
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You will not, Iím afraid. DEN is not a HI-J route and there is no plan to install Wi-Fi on the MID-J 747s.
Is this confirmed?
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Will new aircraft come with wifi already installed? The latest 787 G-ZBJI arrived at LHR on Friday (as far as I am aware).
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Sorry I wasn’t really in test mode yesterday, it was more an idle how to kill the last couple of hours and thought I’d see if I could (a) get on in the first place and (b) what kind of stuff I could do if I did,

I went for the 1hour simply connect and plugged my Amex details in. Got the Amex notification straight away, unsurprising as online.. billed to Adyen UK Ltd.
The speed for web browsing was fine, I am guessing I had pretty much all the bandwidth to myself tho. First thought was post to FT
I did a quick WhatsApp video call (yes very discreet and I wouldn’t make a habit of it!), a few emails, YouTube and Netflix streaming was really quick but from the pricing structure shouldn’t have been available unless I had gone for the Connect Plus option. There’s a timer screen showing how long you have left.
I am sure they’ll have a way to bundle free access to certain customers by giving them a code, 23.99 for the top tier seems either expensive or good value depending what you’d want out of it.
I am already torn between being very impressed and thinking its a bit sad that one of those places you really are cut off from all the instant connectivity won’t be for much longer. With a 747 full of people all doing “i’m on the plane” shouty video calls!
I’ll see if it’s available on my flight home and maybe stump up for the full flight and run some speed tests etc.


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On AA flights, which have had inflight wifi for some time, I have never noticed anyone video calling from the flight. Much like the fear that inflight wifi will cause everyone to talk all the time with Skype, it does not happen in practice. People can already talk loudly to their travel companions, and some definitely do (my transatlantic then transcontinental(US) flights yesterday both had some groups who were very loud for part of the flight). In addition, on a 747, you can't hear anyone more than a few seats away over the noise of the ventilation system so you need only fear loud people close to you.

Meanwhile, is the wifi gear not visible? Does it not require a noticeably bulge on top of the fuselage to hold the satellite antenna? With the collective eyeballs of BAEC FT on any 747, they would soon be spotted. For example, here's a 777 with satellite antenna used for wifi, it's the bulge on top of the fuselage near doors L4/R4.
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Meanwhile, is the wifi gear not visible? Does it not require a noticeably bulge on top of the fuselage to hold the satellite antenna? With the collective eyeballs of BAEC FT on any 747, they would soon be spotted. For example, here's a 777 with satellite antenna used for wifi, it's the bulge on top of the fuselage near doors L4/R4.
Gogo 2Ku has a low profile radome which may be tricky to spot. However, I did find this photo, taken by flickr member djwilliams1990 on 4 September which shows us were to look - just aft of the upper deck bubble.

https://flic.kr/p/XNqgV3
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