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 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 - 5 Aircraft

G-XLEA, G-XLEB, 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) - 13 Aircraft

G-VIIO, 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 Aircraft

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

787-9 - 1 Aircraft

G-ZBKI


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 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

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-XLEC - 13 May (Currently at MNL)
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-VIIP - 8 April (currently at CWL)
G-VIIR - 30 April
G-VIIT - 24 October

​​​​​​777-300

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-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.
Shorthaul aircraft with 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.

A320 - 3 Aircraft

G-GATK
G-TTNC
G-TTOE

The following aircraft have WiFi fitted and in use for testing purposes only:

A319 - 2 Aircraft

G-EOUA
G-EUPP

A320 (CEO) - 8 Aircraft

G-EUUG, G-EUUK, G-EUUL, G-EUUM, G-EUUN, G-EUUP
G-EUYE
G-TTOB

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

Messaging £1.99 to £2.99

Browse & Stream
£6.99 (HAM)
£7.99 (LIS)

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 Nov 6, 18, 6:55 am
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Has anyone got around the one device situation?

Most other airlines seem to have it purely on the login - seems crazy not to have similar and to clearly restrict is based on MAC address.

In hotels I used to run my own network - no idea if this would work?
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
Has anyone got around the one device situation?

Most other airlines seem to have it purely on the login - seems crazy not to have similar and to clearly restrict is based on MAC address.

In hotels I used to run my own network - no idea if this would work?
If you have an android smartphone, you can create a WiFi repeater (creating your own hotspot) to connect your other devices to. Have a look here: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/techwiser.com/create-a-wifi-hotspot-from-android/amp/
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Old Nov 11, 18, 4:02 am
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Will the LCY Embraers ever get Wifi?
This press release from August makes it sound like they will.

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I had WIFI from LHR to IAD the other day, I paid for the "fast" package and was able to stream 480p content (and sometimes 720p) the entire flight. Was very impressed and totally satisfied with the product.
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Old Nov 11, 18, 8:39 am
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I am flying Ba15 LHR-SIN-SYD so wonder whether the £23.99 ‘whole flight’ package would cover me for both sectors.
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Sorry over my dead body would I pay for this. It should be complementary for business / first passengers,

£1000s of cash for a flight (in some occasions) to charge £20 odd for internet.. insulting
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Sorry over my dead body would I pay for this. It should be complementary for business / first passengers,

£1000s of cash for a flight (in some occasions) to charge £20 odd for internet.. insulting
Same on Cathay, Qatar, Etihad.....
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Originally Posted by Notsofreq View Post
I am flying Ba15 LHR-SIN-SYD so wonder whether the £23.99 ‘whole flight’ package would cover me for both sectors.
I would love to know the answer to this, too!
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Originally Posted by Notsofreq View Post
I am flying Ba15 LHR-SIN-SYD so wonder whether the £23.99 ‘whole flight’ package would cover me for both sectors.
If other airlines are anything to go by, then no - will require more than one purchase.
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Old Nov 11, 18, 1:58 pm
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I would love to know the answer to this, too!
post #315 would indicated that it does cover you all the way through.
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Old Nov 13, 18, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Notsofreq View Post

post #315 would indicated that it does cover you all the way through.
that was my post and I can confirm that if you are on BA15 all the way through it will cover you for both sectors (and presumably the same in return on BA16) - screenshot below hopefully shows that a couple of hours out of Singapore the time remaining shows as 14 hours covering you through to Sydney.


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Which aircraft who already have wifi? I knows they haven't install wifi from LHR to PHX yet.

What about LHR-BSL? Do they have wifi or not?
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Sorry over my dead body would I pay for this. It should be complementary for business / first passengers,

£1000s of cash for a flight (in some occasions) to charge £20 odd for internet.. insulting
Sorry, don’t agree, no matter how much you have paid for your ticket. I’d rather it be a charged for service to ensure a good quality service with acceptable speeds, by setting it at a level where many people will not connect. The more people using it, the slower the service will be.

I have used the BA WiFi service several times and on each occasion been impressed with the speed/cost ratio.
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Looks like all winter flights LHR-SAN return so far have been 747 86J with WIFI according to BA Source aircraft tracker. Looking forward to being able to get online is this is fully up and running this time next year.
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Old Nov 18, 18, 3:50 am
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There's been an update on the EAN. Testing on BA flights is due to begin in December with full roll-out by summer 2019 although flights to Scandanavia won't have wifi until 2020 as there won't be coverage over the North Sea until then.

We'll see how true this timeline is in due course...

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