Qantas today announced that
original plans for a full in-flight internet service on its soon to be launched
Qantas A380 have been pegged back; instead the airline will launch a cached
only internet service with only a limited number of sites.
Qantas would not reveal the type
of number of sites their A380s cached in-flight internet service would provide,
or the cost or the service.
A Qantas spokeswoman said the internet plans had been paired back due to
“logistical and regulatory
issues” encountered by its
connectivity provider, OnAir. The
airline said the full internet service was now scheduled to be available
“later in 2009”.
Qantas will begin operations of
its Airbus A380 on 20 October 2008 from Melbourne to Los Angeles return with the
second flight on the 24 October 2008 to be flown from Sydney to Los Angeles.
Last month American Airlines got
into a sticky situation when numerous Flight Attendants and Passengers complained
of passengers surfing for Porn.
The US Association of Professional Flight
Attendants has called for content filtering to be put in place, which the
airline has decided against preferring to give passengers a full internet experience
like one they would have at home or in the office, but with the duty of
monitoring inappropriate service use laying in the hands of Flight Attendants.