Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 29 January 2019

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British Airways WiFi
British Airways WiFi (Image Credit: British Airways)

Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

BA WiFi Installation Progress

BA’s plan to roll out in-flight WiFi continues to be something of a moving target.

The latest official update from BA last week is that more than 50 aircraft are now fitted with WiFi.

80% of its long-haul fleet will be fitted with WiFi by the end of 2020. The entire short-haul fleet, excluding BA CityFlyer at London City, will have WiFi by this summer.

If you are flying long-haul you have a good chance of flying on aircraft with WiFi if you are flying on an Airbus A380, 86 Club World seat Boeing 747, Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 777-200.

You have no chance if flying a 52 Club World seat Boeing 747 or Boeing 787. Future deliveries of Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-10 aircraft will have WiFi installed.

Also of note this week:

Buzzfeed has announced further redundancies worldwide. Yesterday, Buzzfeed staff in London were advised that its editorial headcount of 37 staff will be cut by 17. Although Buzzfeed became famous for its listicles and it has produced a lot of good long form journalism.

Miranda Sawyer interviews Eddie Mair, formerly of PM on BBC Radio 4 and now at LBC. (The Observer)

Mark Zuckerberg plans to integrate the technical infrastructure behind Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook had originally intended to keep these as standalone “products”, in keeping with the wishes or their original developers. This may be pre-emptive move as some are pressing regulators in the US to force Facebook to dispose of Instagram and WhatsApp. (New York Times)

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