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Thai Airways passengers can now enjoy wi-fi during flights

Earlier last year, we wrote that Wi-Fi will be coming to Garuda Indonesia and Air Asia Thailand flights in 2014.

Around the same time too, Thailand’s national carrier Thai Airways applied for an in-flight wi-fi license with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The regulator has recently granted the license to Thai Airways, which makes it the first airline in Thailand to offer wi-fi on-board. Budget carriers such as Nok Air and Thai AirAsia are still working on the process to get services launched, probably later this year.

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Thai Airways’ AirBus A380 and A330 planes are the first that will be equipped with wi-fi. The Wi-Fi has been made available to passengers since February, and comes at a high pricing plan. Smartphone users pay US$4.50 (146 baht) for 3 megabytes or $14.50 for 10 MB, while passengers with laptops or iPads pay $14.50 for 10 MB and $28.50 for 20 MB. Fees are payable by credit card or debit card.

As tech blog Tech in Asia pointed out, the airline seems to be aiming its on-board wi-fi at those who want to catch up on email or use messaging apps during flight. With such a tiny data allowance, passengers won’t be able to share photos or stream movies.

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