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 Jan 20, 19, 11:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Shenson View Post
Wanted to ask about some missing frames there
G-STBF
G-STBJ
G-ZBJK
G-ZBJL
Or are they after 2020

Also are the due frames, namley the 3 ish 77Ws as well as the A350s/B787-10s delivered with the wifi already done?
I was wondering about those four frames as well...
Regarding the new aircraft - the Gogo 2Ku system has been available to be fitted on A350s in Toulouse since 2017 although Delta decided to bring the fitting in-house after a while. This article suggests this was for cost reasons - if you have the expertise to do it yourself it's apparently cheaper than getting it factory fitted. https://blog.wandr.me/2017/11/delta-...in-house-a350/

Whatever BA decide I'd say it's almost certain the A350s will have wifi on their first commercial flights.
The same is probably true of the 77Ws. Regarding the 787-10s, these could be different as I don't know if Gogo has the STC to fit the system on the -10s yet although that may not be an issue by the time deliveries start in 2020.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:41 pm
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Wanted to ask about some missing frames there
G-STBF
G-STBJ
G-ZBJK
G-ZBJL
Or are they after 2020
Just checked, they will be done in 2020 also. There isnít a G-ZBJL, itís ZBJK & ZBJM.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 2:44 pm
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A350 and 787-10 aircraft will have there WiFi systems fitted by the manafacturer during the production process. The aircraft will be the first in the fleet to be fitted will be the Panasonic Satellite Conectivity System.

The Gogo system will be fitted to all 787-8 and 787-9 by early 2019
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Old Jan 21, 19, 3:38 pm
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Just checked, they will be done in 2020 also. There isnít a G-ZBJL, itís ZBJK & ZBJM.
Ahh my bad!, hmm anyone know what the reason is for ZBJL being missed and skipping to ZBJM?

Originally Posted by Scotflyer80 View Post
A350 and 787-10 aircraft will have there WiFi systems fitted by the manafacturer during the production process. The aircraft will be the first in the fleet to be fitted will be the Panasonic Satellite Conectivity System.

The Gogo system will be fitted to all 787-8 and 787-9 by early 2019
Hmm, is this the same sort of thing as Gogo, 2ku etc? and just using equipment supplied by panasonic instead of gogo?

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Old Jan 21, 19, 3:44 pm
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Ahh my bad!, hmm anyone know what the reason is for ZBJL being missed and skipping to ZBJM?
BA didnít want to use ďJLĒ as the British Airtours fire was on aircraft G-BGJL. The same reason there is no G-EUPI or ďPIĒ due to the BEA crash on G-ARPI.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 3:57 pm
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Thanks for that, never knew about those incidents~

I see that VIIR is off to CWL, would this be for WIFI? seems early according to the list
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Hmm, is this the same sort of thing as Gogo, 2ku etc? and just using equipment supplied by panasonic instead of gogo?

Thanks~
I believe the Panasonic system has more to offer than the Gogo one. More info can probably be found here:

https://www.panasonic.aero/inflight-...-connectivity/
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Old Jan 22, 19, 5:42 am
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A350 and 787-10 aircraft will have there WiFi systems fitted by the manafacturer during the production process. The aircraft will be the first in the fleet to be fitted will be the Panasonic Satellite Conectivity System.
I didn't realise BA were going for Panasonic for these aircraft. I know it's fairly common for big airlines to split their wifi providers, Iberia are doing the same thing with Gogo being retrofitted and Panasonic on new aircraft and airlines like Virgin and AA also have two or more providers.
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Old Jan 22, 19, 6:25 am
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I don't think Panasonic will last too long (a few years still though!) on BA planes - I think its the only option for factory fit and will eventually be removed to be replaced by gogo.

VS have the Panasonic system on their 787's, it is data limited (i believe due to Panasonic restrictions) 150mb max for the flight
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Seems an expensive way to do it~ as in paying for a factory fit option and then ripping out a few years down the line when you could just retrofit them in after delivery and removes the need to replace the systems with a different one.
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Can I used wifi from LHR-PHX on my FLT#289? Do you think I can used wifi? Which registration number is it?
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Can I used wifi from LHR-PHX on my FLT#289? Do you think I can used wifi? Which registration number is it?
It will depend on whether the aircraft operating that flight is fitted with the WiFi system and is working properly.
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Can I used wifi from LHR-PHX on my FLT#289? Do you think I can used wifi? Which registration number is it?
BA use different aircraft every day on each route. It depends when you're flying but, at the moment, BA289 is done by one of the mid-J 747s and none of them are getting wifi fitted. This will change as the 747s retire and A350s come in but that won't be for months or, depending on how they do it, years on some routes.
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Can I used wifi from LHR-PHX on my FLT#289? Do you think I can used wifi? Which registration number is it?
As you posted this at 5:24pm, I'm assuming you're not on today's flight, which seems to be operated by G-CIVE, which doesn't (and apparently won't) have WiFi. Tomorrow's flight is expected to be operated by G-CIVL (according to FR24) and is in the same boat. Actually, scanning back for the past week it all seems to be Mid-J 747s, and none of them have it (according to the wiki).

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It will depend on whether the aircraft operating that flight is fitted with the WiFi system and is working properly.
Right. I won't know for sure. I will find out soon enough.

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BA use different aircraft every day on each route. It depends when you're flying but, at the moment, BA289 is done by one of the mid-J 747s and none of them are getting wifi fitted. This will change as the 747s retire and A350s come in but that won't be for months or, depending on how they do it, years on some routes.
Originally Posted by internetplumber View Post
As you posted this at 5:24pm, I'm assuming you're not on today's flight, which seems to be operated by G-CIVE, which doesn't (and apparently won't) have WiFi. Tomorrow's flight is expected to be operated by G-CIVL (according to FR24) and is in the same boat. Actually, scanning back for the past week it all seems to be Mid-J 747s, and none of them have it (according to the wiki).

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Actually, I'm flying back home from BSL-LHR-PHX on March 11. I won't know for sure about WiFi on my flight. Do they have USB port? I need to do charger for my iPhone.
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