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 Feb 9, 19, 5:22 am
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Note to my post above, on the iPhone you will get a pop up saying Flight mode active with an option for settings or continue/okay just click okay and it will continue to work
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Old Feb 10, 19, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by PrivatePilotDR40 View Post
For those wanting/asking if WiFi sharing is possible between flights I have found a solution which worked for me using a MacBook Pro (New Verision) with an iPhone 8. I suspect people have tried iPhone to Mac where I used the Mac OS Internet Sharing option in system preferences to share the connection to my iPhone 8. I am currently on the BA283 which obviously had WiFi installed.

To get this working I did the below (Im on Mojave not tested below this)

Connect iPhone to MacBook via cable (I was using USB C to Lightning)
Then Launch System Preferences
Click on Sharing
Within Sharing settings scroll down to intenet sharing (do not tick it yet), select WiFi on the drop down menu.
in the "To computers using: select iPhone USB.
Tick internet sharing then click start on the pop up that comes up.

On the iPhone I had airplane enabled and Bluetooth on for my headphones. As soon as I did this I got notifications and also was able to access various sites etc. On the iPhone it does not show any connection (unlike if you reversed the connection (not sure if it works)).

I signed up to the 1 hour basic to check before signing up for the full flight. This then enables you to send and receive via WhatApp on your Mac as this requires your iPhone to have connection too.
Thatís useful, thanks. I take it that you can Ďupgradeí time package without having to pay full whack?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 7:23 am
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Thatís useful, thanks. I take it that you can Ďupgradeí time package without having to pay full whack?
No, once you previous package expires, you are presented with the same options as the beginning of the flight, at the same prices. Best to buy the full flight package from the outset.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 9:31 am
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More news from the courts regarding the EAN.

https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2019/0...stions-to-ecj/

In summary - the roll out on BA flights is still described as 'imminent' but it's said there will be gaps in coverage over Romania due to there being no license there yet and Belgium due to the latest court decision. There's a ruling regarding Germany in 'the next few months'.
This, coupled with the gap over the North Sea mentioned a while ago means it isn't going to be a briiliant system on most European flights when (if) there is full roll out in the summer.
I'm wondering if Walsh and co. are wishing they'd decided on another system now.
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Old Feb 14, 19, 8:04 pm
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On G-STBC from SYD to LHR. Checked in here and saw the little antenna bump on the aircraft but on the SYD-SIN leg no WiFi connection available, asked the crew who said there was no WiFi. From SIN-LHR there was an announcement that WiFi was available but even by the time we had food and got to 34000ft there was still no connection option. A member of the crew said she would ďcheck that the CSD has turned it inĒ. Still no BA WiFi connection available so gave up and went to sleep. 10 hours later pick up my phone and Iíve got the option to connect.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 11:17 pm
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G-YMMI parked here in DEL.
No white lump on top :-(
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Old Feb 22, 19, 10:40 am
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I’m currently on BA49 from LHR to SEA somewhere over Iceland, and the turbulence is like having two kids jumping on a sprung mattress. I’m holding onto the wine in fear of a disaster!

However onboard WiFi is great, I’m getting 8mbps from Speedtest.net on the iPad, and chrome and Facebook are very usable. I went for the full-flight basic option, not the streaming option, so £14.99. So not cheap when compared to what I pay per month at home, but a good product and worth the money.




Shame the power socket doesn’t work, despite a seat reset by the CC.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by HighwayToHEL View Post
Iím currently on BA49 from LHR to SEA somewhere over Iceland, and the turbulence is like having two kids jumping on a sprung mattress. Iím holding onto the wine in fear of a disaster!

However onboard WiFi is great, Iím getting 8mbps from Speedtest.net on the iPad, and chrome and Facebook are very usable. I went for the full-flight basic option, not the streaming option, so £14.99. So not cheap when compared to what I pay per month at home, but a good product and worth the money.




Shame the power socket doesnít work, despite a seat reset by the CC.
If you choose to pay in USD it works out to be around £13.75 Every little helps!
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Old Feb 22, 19, 2:28 pm
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If you choose to pay in USD it works out to be around £13.75 Every little helps!
I didn't notice the option to pay in USD when I flew BA269 LHR - LAX on 21st Feb. Internet was fast, generally stable and I thought pretty good value for a 10+ hour flight
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Old Mar 1, 19, 3:50 pm
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I canít search the thread on mobile (whatís up with the awful mobile skin on FT?)

anyways. On ba15 to SYD with stop off in SIN. Full flight means only to SIN. Which is a bit mean I think.
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Old Mar 1, 19, 11:24 pm
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It looks like LGW 772s are the last to have WiFi. Switched flights to LHR.
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Old Mar 2, 19, 12:51 am
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It looks like LGW 772s are the last to have WiFi. Switched flights to LHR.
Um, no, you are more likely to have longhaul Wifi at LGW than LHR. I'm trying to think of a 777 at LGW that has not got wifi.
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Old Mar 2, 19, 1:01 am
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Originally Posted by TheEngineer View Post
Does anyone know if BA are going to be showing the live Sports Channel Sport 24 on their wi-fi enabled flights?

Have watched several live events on other carriers and rather enjoy it!
If bidirectional WiFi connection can be operated well (as Speedtests in this topic suggest) I donít see why a satellite TV receiver cannot be operated.

How about Sky Sport from your IFE screen and £5 for the flight? The pint glass could be changed into a BA one I guess
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Um, no, you are more likely to have longhaul Wifi at LGW than LHR. I'm trying to think of a 777 at LGW that has not got wifi.
I checked Flightradar24 for the JFK flight and itís always one without WiFi.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
um, no, you are more likely to have longhaul wifi at lgw than lhr. I'm trying to think of a 777 at lgw that has not got wifi.
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