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Rex Airlines rolls out onboard Wi-Fi

Australian regional airline Rex has announced the rollout of Wi-Fi onboard its fleet of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft.

Four of the airline’s aircraft have already been fitted with Intelsat’s 2Ku Wi-Fi system, with the remaining six set to be equipped “within a few months”.

The rollout will also give Rex passengers access to a new inflight entertainment portal, featuring inflight information, weather information and free-of-charge TV shows and movies.

Rex’s general manager of information technology and communications Mayooran Thanabalasingam said: “In this day and age business and leisure travellers want to remain connected whether they are on the ground or in the air. As our passengers return to the skies as we restart our domestic network after the lockdowns, we expect their need for connectivity to be greater than ever before.”

The Wi-Fi will be complimentary to Rex business class travellers. Economy passengers will enjoy the free Wi-Fi until the end of November; from December onwards there will be a “small fee” to use the service.

“We’re honoured Rex has chosen us to help them delight their passengers in Australia,” said Intelsat’s senior vice president of commercia for Intelsat commercial aviation Dave Bijur.

“As life begins to return to normal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, customers are excited to fly again and we expect their need for connectivity to be even greater than it was before.”

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