Qantas is to provide free wi-fi to its flyers after record profits.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced yesterday that all customers will get free wi-fi in the air. The high-speed wifi, powered by a company called ViaSat, will be trialled on a Qantas 737 aircraft at the end of this year and fully rolled out early next year.
Mr Joyce also said Qantas substantially increased profits. The $921 million before tax is the company’s best ever first-half underlying profit. Money was saved through lower fuel prices and profits were driven by a high demand for international flights and ongoing cost cutting.
Public responses to the news were varied. Calvin Sankoli, 54, of Surry Hills, said he had flown with Qantas for 25 years. Sankoli told The Newsroom he thought excessive fares had inflated the profits.
“The profits were a shock and I didn’t think it was going to be that high, it’s a huge amount of profit,” Mr Sankoli said. “The service is not up to scratch for my liking and the international and domestic airfares are very high for what should it be. That’s probably why they are getting such a high profit.”
Bryan Thompson, 57, of Surry Hills, was all praise for Qantas and its achievements. Mr Thompson, who said he had used Qantas for 30 years, said that he appreciates the company’s hard work and service.
“I’m not surprised at all; they deserve every penny,” he told The Newsroom.
“The free wifi doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t use computers but it will be great for the younger generation.” – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of a Qantas 737 by Jordan Vuong via Wikimedia Commons.