IBERIA long-haul flights
will soon have Wi-Fi access on board – albeit at a cost.
The airline confirms that
25 Airbus A330 and A340 will include internet access at five euros
Although this is one of
the more expensive in-flight Wi-Fi services – Gogo costs 14 USD for
24 hours with no download limit – the facility is still very hard
to find among airlines in general and shows a massive step forward in
passenger convenience in the 21st-century, as well as a pioneering
move in Europe.
services to be offered by Iberia in the near future include a new
social network site, a personalised 'app' for Smartphones, a
brand-new user-friendly website with a much 'cleaner' layout and easy
connections to Facebook and LinkedIn.
This system even allows
travellers to choose passengers to sit next to using their Facebook
or LinkedIn profiles, following in the footsteps of Dutch airline
KLM, and which has been baptised by Iberia as 'social seating'.
A further feature of the
website is an 'inspirational search engine', which allows users to
describe their interests when travelling – such as relaxation,
shopping, beach holidays, culture and history, countryside, adventure
or sports – and be given suggestions as to possible destinations,
which can be filtered by price and include a downloadable travel
The Wi-Fi service will be
gradually rolled out between now and 2015, although the first
aircraft to include the facility will be taking off in the next few