In January 1 of this year, we predicted that Cebu Pacific will offer WiFi internet service in their flights. Well, it looks like our prediction came true with Cebu Pacific announcing a partnership with OnAir to offer in-flight WiFi service.
This make Cebu Pacific the first in the country (and probably one of the first few airlines in region as well) to have internet service during flights.
Once Internet OnAir is in service, Cebu Pacific passengers will be able to access the Internetduring flights and make calls using Voice Over IP applications, using their Wi-Fi enabled personal electronic devices, such as Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and laptops. Cebu Pacific’s A330 fleet is scheduled to have Wi-Fi installed mid-next year, in time for the airline’s initial deployment of long haul services.
CEB’s A330 fleet, planned for introduction in the third quarter of 2013, will allow Cebu Pacific to provide direct, non-stop flights to regions within the aircraft’s 11-hour flying range including the Middle East, Australia, parts of Europe and the U.S.
The service will be provided by OnAir and they’ve actually launched several others earlier this year, including Hong Kong Airlines (last March), Singapore Airlines (2nd half of 2012) and Thai Airways (late 2012).
Cebu Pacific will be operating four(4) Airbus A330 starting next year. No prices for internet service were indicated but based on other OnAir services with other airlines, plans will start at $7.5 for mobile phones and $15 for laptops (not sure how many MB or GB bandwidth allocation for the plan).