Since the new Airbus A380 will be flying high in the sky soon, it got me to wonder if it will come with in-flight WiFi access. I took a look around and was happy to report that in an A380 all passengers and crews will have the access to the Internet via personal laptops or the seat-back entertainment center.
The communication system software for the Airbus A380 is developed by TriaComMa. This in-flight WiFi systems utilizes the satellite technology. The software will handle all of the communications from and to the plane. You will likely be linked to a web-interface that will give you access to webmail, webchat and most importantly live Internet. This software will even give the baggage and connecting, flight information with access to a medical database in the case of emergency. In addition to serving the passengers, it will also run many of the flight crew’s applications.
One good thing about Airbus introducing in-flight WiFi to their top of the line A380 is that soon we will also see the similar software package makes its way to other Airbus models. I wonder if the Boeing guys are adding an in-flight WiFi to their 787 Dreamliner jet or not. I tried to look at their site but did not find any specific information whether WiFi service will be available in-flight
At the end of the day I have to wonder, considering how many U.S. airlines are in the red, whether we can finally enjoy the Internet in-flight.
Here is the link to TriComMa site (beware it is pretty dry!)