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Qantas welcomes Stan onboard

Qantas today announced streaming media service Stan's full catalogue will be available on its flights, and for 90 days after.

Qantas has been gearing up for in-flight Wi-Fi for the last year and has the service already working on one domestic aircraft. The service will be switched on for customers later this month.

Qantas' design and testing reveal the service will be fast enough to stream entertainment to passenger devices with an experience that is uncompromised from what one may expect in their home with a cabled Internet connection.

This is because Qantas is using newer technology than most other airline Wi-Fi offerings, using Ka-band rather than Ku. Qantas says it can offer around 7-12mbps bandwidth and is continuing to exert effort in reducing lag, maintaining a constant, high-bandwidth satellite connection while travelling 900km/h!

To prove it, Qantas today announced it was partnering with Stan to make its entire catalogue available to Qantas passengers on Wi-Fi enabled Boeing 737 aircraft. This will be free, and in addition, gives a 90-day pass so one can enjoy Stan on a flight and for the next three months too, via a special redemption code.

From mid-April, Qantas will offer Stan, Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify as content partners for Wi-Fi flights.

Based on further testing and refinement, Qantas intends to roll out Wi-Fi to the rest of the domestic A330 and B737 fleet within six months.

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. Within two years, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Newcastle, as a UNIX systems manager. This was a crucial time for UNIX at the University with the advent of the World-Wide-Web and the decline of VMS. David moved on to a brief stint in consulting, before returning to the University as IT Manager in 1998. In 2001, he joined an international software company as Asia-Pacific troubleshooter, specialising in AIX, HP/UX, Solaris and database systems. Settling down in Newcastle, David then found niche roles delivering hard-core tech to the recruitment industry and presently is the Chief Information Officer for a national resources company where he particularly specialises in mergers and acquisitions and enterprise applications.