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WiFi may be available on Chinese low-cost airlines

Spring Airlines, Lucky Air and 9 Air announced they will launch a new project that make WiFi be available on flights and allow passengers to use smart phones under flight mode. Low-cost airlines keep fares low by cutting out free food and drink during flights, and making them available at an extra cost.

More and more traditional airlines, however, are now offering WiFi on board as standard, and low cost carriers have to take notice. In April 2015, Spring Airline set up Local Area Network (LAN), which made it possible to chat with other passengers on-board, but they have yet to find a way of making it possible to create a connection between the plane and the land. Lucky Air is working on the same problem. Now 9 Air is joining the battle.

The principal purpose of WiFi is to provide more entertainment to passengers on the plane, but in collaboration with third party enterprises it can increase income for the company. How much it would cost to use WiFi is still under discussion. There are also many potential problems need to be addressed before smart phones can be used on planes.