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 it is being marketed as Highlife Connect. This thread is to track the rollout

See post 123 for BA's FAQ on the new system.

Longhaul aircraft With WiFi fitted
A380 - 4 Aircraft

G-XLEA, 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) - 24 Aircraft

​​​​​​G-VIIA, G-VIIC, G-VIID, G-VIIE, G-VIIF, G-VIIG, G-VIIH, G-VIIJ, G-VIIL, G-VIIM, G-VIIN, G-VIIS, G-VIIV, G-VIIW, G-VIIY
G-YMMG, G-YMMI, G-YMMJ, G-YMMK, G-YMML, G-YMMN, G-YMMO, G-YMMP
G-RAES

​​​​​​777-200 (3 Class) - 12 Aircraft

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 - 7 Aircraft

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

Note: Aircraft shown In purple have recently returned to service after undergoing maintainence at Cardiff. WiFi installation to be confirmed

Long haul 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 2 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 by early 2020. Dates shown below are roughly when each aircraft are 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-XLEB - mid March (Currently being fitted in Manila)
G-XLEC - May
G-XLEJ - June
G-XLED - August
G-XLEE - October
G-XLEK - November
G-XLEF - February 2020

777-200 (4 Class)

G-VIIK - 9 February (Currently in CWL)
G-VIIB - 30 June
G-YMMH - 13 May

777-200 (3 Class)

G-VIIO - 17 March
G-VIIP - 8 April
G-VIIR - 30 April
G-VIIT - 24 October

​​​​​​777-300

G-STBI - 2 March (Currently at CWL)
G-STBK - 18 June
G-STBH - 27 November
G-STBF -
G-STBJ -

787-8

Currently unable to find any information on when any of the 12 aircraft in service are expected to be fitted.

787-9

G-ZBKI - 12 March
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 - 28 August
G-ZBKP - 22 November
G-ZBKA -
G-ZBKB -
G-ZBKC -
G-ZBKD -
G-ZBKE -
G-ZBKF -
G-ZBKR -
G-ZBKS - ​​​​​​

For a full list click here: spreadsheet.

Short haul aircraft currently with Highlife Connect available to passengers:
  • See post #170: There are 71 short haul aircraft that have WiFI installed. Testing of this new service will commence in December 2018 followed by rollout by summer 2019. There will be no WiFi available on Scandinavian sectors until 2020. More info here: http://m.atwonline.com/ife/ean-ready...ritish-airways
Aircraft with WiFi fitted and Enabled*
Aircraft listed have had there WiFi enabled for testing purposes.

A319 - 2 Aircraft

G-EOUA
G-EUPP

A320 (CEO) - 9 Aircraft

G-EUUG, G-EUUK, G-EUUK, G-EUUM, G-EUUN, G-EUUP
G-EUYE
G-TTOB, G-TTOE
Shorthaul Aircraft NOT planned to receive WIFI
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BA plan to withdraw a number of there A319 aircraft currently in service over next 2 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

​​​​​​​You can track these aircraft via sites such as thebasource.com and flightradar24. There are currently no plans to install wifi on 747 52J aircraft.

The table below shows (more info in posts #8 and #11) the current cost, which is divided into 2 bands according to whether you need the bandwidth required for streaming videos.

Basic
  • 1 hour: £4.99
  • 4 hour2: £10.99
  • Full flight: £14.99


Fast
  • 1 hour: £7.99
  • 4 hour2: £17.99
  • Full flight: £23.99
From 26th April 2018 Visa were sponsoring a free 1 hour of basic service (see post #198) however that offer was stopped in September 2018.

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Old Oct 16, 17, 10:41 am
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Old Oct 16, 17, 9:45 pm
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I would think the newer the systems are, the faster they will be. This may be an advantage of BA introducing WiFi so late on in the game compared to the other competition.
The speeds are limited primarily by the satellites not the onboard equipment. Ku band is good for 70-100Mbps and is what Gogo/BA use. Ka band is used by a few airlines and is theoretically faster but it would require entirely new hardware.
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The speeds are limited primarily by the satellites not the onboard equipment. Ku band is good for 70-100Mbps and is what Gogo/BA use. Ka band is used by a few airlines and is theoretically faster but it would require entirely new hardware.
Out of curiosity, how does that work? Clearly satellites can serve multiple connections at once, so surely (like with some laptops) couldn't a single aeroplane stack up multiple receivers? Obviously latency is limited by the satellite and technology, but speed usually not...
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Out of curiosity, how does that work? Clearly satellites can serve multiple connections at once, so surely (like with some laptops) couldn't a single aeroplane stack up multiple receivers? Obviously latency is limited by the satellite and technology, but speed usually not...
In theory yes, and some do support channel bonding. Performance will improve as more satellites go up as satellite internet is very susceptible to interference and signal fade.
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Originally Posted by ahmetdouas View Post
I would think the newer the systems are, the faster they will be. This may be an advantage of BA introducing WiFi so late on in the game compared to the other competition.
BA have repeatedly said this was the reason why they held off installing wifi. Having used the painful wifi on a QR 787 recently (who on earth pays the bandit charges for it once you've used the free allowance??) I think that was the right decision.
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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!
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Just on BA 213 today - had wifi through GoGo. Very good
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Just on BA 213 today - had wifi through GoGo. Very good
So I think you are on G-CIVR - which is listed in the wiki - and that you are currently 34,000 feet above Castlebar, Co. Mayo or thereabouts.
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Colleague on G-CIVX today using it.. got 7 - 14 meg on speedtest

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Do any of the 777-300s have WiFi as yet?
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And so all the 787 have not been fitted? I thought the service was just turnt off but that the wifi was built on when delivered!
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And so all the 787 have not been fitted? I thought the service was just turnt off but that the wifi was built on when delivered!
As far as I'm aware Gogo haven't yet got the go ahead for the 2Ku to be fitted on 787's.
In September Runway Girl Network wrote:-
" The Boeing executive also confirmed that Gogo 2Ku is in line for offerability on the 787, noting that the airframer is seeking to accommodate “any airline using the Gogo [2Ku] service”. This is in sync with Gogo management’s assertion that the firm is making good progress for linefit on Boeing platforms, and expects the first “Boeing factory fit install on a 787” to take place around the end of this year, with “full linefit optionality in 2018 or 19 for Boeing”. "

https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2017/0...-for-787-777x/

BA's next 787 is due in March so that may be the first of the fleet to be factory fitted.
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