The aircraft's first visit into Central Queensland with the new WI-FI service occurred over the weekend when VH-XZB was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport on Saturday 24 June. It was operating the scheduled QFA870/871 service from and back to Melbourne (Tullamarine).
|VH-XZB departs Adelaide Airport recently (File photo)|
Qantas plans to roll out the technology on its fleet of domestic B737-800s and Airbus A330s, with about 80 aircraft to be fitted with a satellite antenna, multiple wireless access points in the cabin and other hardware by the end of 2018.
UPDATE! On Tuesday 4 July, Qantas has announced that it has installed WI-FI equipment on a second Boeing B737-800 - VH-XZC - as it progresses with the roll-out of the technology that made its debut in April on VH-XZB. To my knowledge though, VH-XZC does not carry the same promotional titles as VH-XZB
Of interest, it's been reported that Virgin Australia has also commenced a three-month in-flight internet WI-FI trial on board one of their Boeing B737-800 aircraft from mid-April. The aircraft, VH-YIG, has been fitted with the necessary hardware and some internal testing is being undertaken ahead of the service being opened up to the public.
Photo taken by Tony Haynes ©