[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] Finnair is ready to invest $32.7 million in Wi-Fi connectivity equipage for the majority of its wide-body and narrow-body fleet. The state-run passenger airline confirmed its plans to invest in Wi-Fi after its board of directors approved the investment program.
"This investment will enable us to offer a wide array of new services to our customers, ranging from in-flight entertainment to in-flight sales and ancillaries," says Pekka Vauramo, Finnair CEO.
Finnair plans to introduce onboard Wi-Fi service in Fall 2015, with the arrival of its first Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. In 2016, the airline will start Wi-Fi installations on its A330 long-haul fleet as well as its short-haul Airbus A320 and Embraer 170/190 fleet, with completion expected by 2018.