DUBLIN Oct 21 British Airways-owner IAG has
"firm plans" to launch Wi-Fi onboard its short-haul flights,
Chief Executive Willie Walsh said on Wednesday.
"We think the technology platforms are well established now
and can facilitate our requirement which is for global coverage.
So watch this space is what I would say," Walsh told journalists
as the airline group announced new transatlantic routes for
newly acquired Aer Lingus and its British Airways unit.
Shares in satellite company Inmarsat jumped earlier
this week on the prospect of more inflight Wi-Fi deals after
having sealed a deal with Lufthansa for short-haul flights.
Walsh also said British Airways had no plans to cut back on
capacity at Heathrow after media reports suggesting the carrier
had been cutting flights on routes to New York over the summer.
"We haven't been cutting back on capacity, the facts are
completely different to what you may have read in some of the
newspapers. We always have reasons to have tactical
consultations, there is no plan to cut back."
He added that were more slots available at the crowded
London hub, then the carrier would definitely look to be buy
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Writing by Victoria Bryan;
Editing by Caroline Copley)