From next month, Qantas will start offering a brace of in-flight streaming entertainment options that go beyond the Qantas Airways app. Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify will all be added to Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights. Here are the details.
Last year, Qantas outfitted part of its fleet with high-speed Wi-Fi under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat. In addition to assisting with reducing turbulence and improving aircraft maintenance, the upgrade will also provide a boost to entertainment in the form of Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify access.
The service utilises NBN's Sky Muster satellites to delivery internet speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional in-flight Wi-Fi. Best of all, the aforementioned streaming apps will be provided to customers free of charge - and you can continue to access them at home for up to one month after your flight.
Here's an official statement from Qantas explaining how the free access works:
Foxtel will offer three days free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required. Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge. Spotify will offer a 30 day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips. (Note – both Netflix and Spotify require customers to sign-up to a subscription to access the free trial.)
Naturally, you can use your existing account if you already subscribe to these apps. Access is handled through an in-flight landing page (pictured above) which also provides real-time flight data and weather updates, hotel, restaurant and transport options at your destination and personalised information linked to your itinerary and frequent flyer account.
The first domestic aircraft with Qantas' new Wi-Fi solution will debut in late February. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.