Qantas domestic flights to get Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel

The nation's airline has teamed up with a slew of media partners to offer flyers access to on-demand content including Foxtel's entire catalogue - and even live sport. Best of all, the aforementioned streaming apps will be provided to customers free of charge - and you can continue to access them at home for up to one month after your flight.

Qantas is finally switching on in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights this month, promising sky-high Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel streaming, all thanks to NBN's Sky Muster satellite service.

Passengers will be able to access Foxtel, Netflix, and Spotify on their personal devices after logging into the plane's inflight Wi-Fi.

Under the new domestic IFE programme, passengers will be able to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix, choose music from Spotify and access live sports, news and TV content on Foxtel, using Wi-Fi that operates approximately 10 times faster than conventional in-flight internet services. No sign-up to a subscription is required.

The subscription services will be made available to customers on flights which have the new inflight Wi-Fi service enabled.

The rest of the domestic Boeing 737s and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow later this year.

The service uses idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellite's 101 spot beams across Australia.

Qantas already offers a wealth of inflight entertainment options, but it has today announced that by mid-2017, your choices will massively expand. The airline is also "currently in talks" to extend wi-fi services onto its worldwide and regional (QantasLink) fleets "to develop a product that can overcome a number of technical, performance and coverage challenges" - including options for wi-fi over large stretches over water.

  • Julie Sanders