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Airline Etihad Airways has announced it will provide onboard wireless internet on selected routes to Europe before the end of the year.
CEO James Hogan told the World Broadband Forum in Paris: “Etihad will have two aircraft with operational onboard internet by December this year, and five aircraft by March 2012.
“Three of those five aircraft will be Airbus A330-300s, which will operate between Abu Dhabi and cities like Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Munich and Paris. We are right at the point now of settling on a fleet-wide connectivity solution for the years to come.”
However, Mr Hogan warned: “There is an ever present danger of investing heavily in a system or hardware that is likely to be obsolete by the time it rolls off the production line.”