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 - 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 Oct 10, 17, 9:10 pm
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Is that all we need to confirm Wifi? In other words does the radome go hand-in-hand with Wifi installation and implementation? If so it wouldn't take long for FTers to get the list of equipped aircraft, particularly since we know who has been in CWL recently.
Not necessarily. Some 77Ws i know of have been delivered to other airlines with the radome but no WiFi antenna fitted. STBA has had a radome of some form since delivery, before Gogo's Ku band product even existed.

Are BA going to offer this free to F passengers? Or is that a stupid question.
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Old Oct 12, 17, 4:39 am
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777s should begin to have WiFi fitted soon, with the first aircraft to have it installed being G-STBB, a 77W.
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777s should begin to have WiFi fitted soon, with the first aircraft to have it installed being G-STBB, a 77W.
It'd be nice to see this on the Kangaroo route.
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Hi,

Very interesting,

I think you are the first FT to post live from a wifi equipped BA jet ( apart from the LCY jets)



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Any word on in flight wifi?
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Iím doing two PHX-LHR-JNB MRs in a couple weeks. I will post my findings and will be hoping that I will have WiFi on at least a couple of these 11hr flights.
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ooops ! Sorry Missed that thread.

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On CIVS right now somewhere between London and Washington DC. Signed up for the basic service. Must not be anyone else online. Getting great speeds (22 down, 5up). Did a quick Facebook live video looking out the window in 1A. Don't see it advertised anywhere and no mentioned from what I heard from the cabin staff. Great service so far by the way. Cheers.
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I know the ping is not great but as a general point it is truly amazing that 22Mbps can be achieved sitting on an aircraft. That's faster than many residential connections.

I still remember 56k being state of the art and I'm sure some on here remember when carrier pigeons were introduced
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I know the ping is not great but as a general point it is truly amazing that 22Mbps can be achieved sitting on an aircraft. That's faster than many residential connections.
It's over 15 times the speed of the CWS residence. I am not sure that will be maintained when dozens of video streaming passengers are whacking the bandwidth, but we shall see. AA on domestic flights tend to be in the 1 to 5 Mbps area when a quarter of the way into the flight (the worst time).
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Experience at LH and other carriers shows people are rarely willing to pay 15+Ä/flight so the bandwidth will be good for those who pay.
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I thought the A380s and 787s already had the hardware installed for WiFi? If this is the case, hopefully roll-out on these will be relatively quick.

I did think the 77Ws had WiFi hardware installed too, but the post upthread suggests this is not the case.
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On CIVS right now somewhere between London and Washington DC. Signed up for the basic service. Must not be anyone else online. Getting great speeds (22 down, 5up). Did a quick Facebook live video looking out the window in 1A. Don't see it advertised anywhere and no mentioned from what I heard from the cabin staff. Great service so far by the way. Cheers.
That is far, far faster than anything I have seen on SQ. Their 777/350 are pretty decent but their A380 is Onair and good grief, it's snail-powered. JL is pretty fast overall but nothing like that speed. Those are the main carriers on which I use the wifi.

In fact it is substantially faster than the speed I get in the house!
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Old Oct 16, 17, 4:35 am
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Very impressed by those speeds, though lag is (expectedly) high.

As others have noted I doubt it will be maintained once more people start using it, but it's still substantially better than large swathes of the UK, especially in more rural areas. And let's be honest, even if this dropped to 3-5MB downstream, you're getting serviceable internet access at 570mph and 30,000 feet. That's pretty remarkable, really - though now I do feel old!
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Old Oct 16, 17, 9:36 am
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I've just done a speedtest on JL and it came out at:

Ping 934 ms
Download 1.67 Mbps
Upload 0.00 Mbps <== this doesn't seem right but I can believe the download speed. Still much faster than the A380 OnAir on SQ, although about the same speed as their 777/A350.

I am rather hopeful that BA's speed will be pretty good.
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