Low cost airline Mango’s entire fleet, comprising six new-generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, is now offering in-flight Internet. The final aircraft was fitted with the service last week and begins service today.
G-Connect said that its in-flight Wi-Fi service has exceeded all expectations with over 250 GB of data usage supported by an average take-up rate of 8% during the installation period.
“Traffic of approximately 9,000 emails, 1,678 tweets, and 652 Facebook posts were logged with a total of 27,000 sessions during the beta phase, expected to end by November,” G-Connect said.
Mango and G-Connect are celebrating the completion of the fleet roll-out by offering on-board connectivity at R1 for a day pass, and R2 for a week’s access pass during October, on all flights.
CEO of G-Connect, Carel van der Merwe, said that even while travelling at 855km per hour through the sky, broadband at altitude delivers speed which compares favourably to the same broadband connectivity on terra firma.
“The service has seen a 98% up-time throughout with usage, we anticipate, growing to a 12% uptake following the completion of fleet rollout,” said van der Merwe.
“Interestingly, we have seen the majority of use focused on sending and receiving e-mail, showing that the potential for upping productivity during a two hour flight has become an important business tool,” said van der Merwe.
According to van der Merwe they expect the same trend as in other parts of the world where 50% of business travellers take Wi-Fi enabled flights to be reachable during business hours.