Win! Join Us On Qantas's First Flight With Wi-Fi

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Next Monday, Qantas's first plane with in-flight Wi-Fi and internet access will take to the skies. We'll be onboard, live-blogging away and running Gizmodo from 40,000 feet.

And so could you!

UPDATE: Entires are now closed! You can see who won here.

(The being onboard bit, that is, not the running Gizmodo bit. We wouldn't do that to you.)

In partnership with Qantas, we want to offer you and a friend the chance to fly on Qantas's special charter flight QF6160 -- flying out of Sydney's Kingsford-Smith domestic airport on Monday 27th March at 11AM for a two-hour zoom around the skies of New South Wales, before returning to land at Sydney at 1PM.

You'll get the chance to put Qantas's in-flight Wi-Fi to the test on your two-hour journey -- Qantas has partnered with Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Spotify to offer streaming video while you're flying, or you can just jump on Facebook or Instagram or YouTube or any other web browsing you might normally do while you're on the ground.

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Qantas's in-flight Wi-Fi uses the National Broadband Network's Sky Muster satellites, and that means each passenger can expect speeds that are 10 times faster than the airborne wireless 'net of other airlines worldwide. Fast enough to stream video, fast enough to send a Snapchat, fast enough to stream a Facebook Live video.

And we want you to try it out for us!

(You'll need to be in Sydney on Monday morning, obviously, to take advantage of this prize. We're opening this competition up to any Australian entrant, but you'll just need to make sure you're at Sydney Airport before 10AM on Monday 27th March.)

Entering into our prize draw is almost too simple -- all you have to do is tell us in the comments section below: in 25 words or less, what would you do to put Qantas's in-flight wi-fi to the ultimate test?

Make sure you enter your correct email address when you're leaving a comment -- whether it's as a guest or a registered user -- so we can get in touch with you if you win.

Our competition commences at 12:01PM AEDT on the 21st March 2017 and closes at 12:01PM AEDT on 23rd March 2017, and we'll pick and announce winners at 12:30PM AEDT on this Thursday too -- then we'll be in touch. You can find our full terms and conditions here.

Good luck!



    I would just put Netflix on, listen with my QC35's and enjoy the peace and quiet of the skies away from work.

    To give Qantas wifi the ultimate test, I would attempt to load a 50mb potato quality gif from Reddit

    Watching the cult classic Airplane! On an Airplane.

    Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
    Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
    Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

    I'd sit there reading Gizmodo at the same time you guys posted to see if it would create an infinite Gizmodo loop ....Giz-ception! :o

    Last edited 21/03/17 1:29 pm

    I'm a beta tester of LiquidSky - if we can stream games in HD, that would definitely put their wifi chops to the test!

    I would actually try to work... I have never come across in-flight WiFi good enough for a citrix remote desktop connection. Maybe Qantas' is the first?!

    Play flight simulator posting video on Facebook so everyone thinks I've remotely hacked the plane and flying it.......

    I would try a Skype video call with a colleague. How cool to hold a business meeting at 40000ft

    I would attempt to setup a private work VPN (remote into my PC in my Brisbane office from 40,000 feet in the air above Sydney).

    My Entry - boring through relevant, possibly...

    Do real time I.T work via VPN into workplace, terminal services, Exchange, AD, my favorite, Slack!

    Speedtest, live tweet the flight, watch Netflix, post to reddit, and gloat online about getting a free 2 hour flight

    Simple, to test, I would run both Netflix and Foxtel Go. To work i would SharePoint or Skype, likely Skype :)

    Look, I'd just spend the 2 hours tweeting aeroplane-based puns. I wouldn't have any prepared... I'd just wing it.

      I went into the corner store the other day and asked the guy behind the counter "Do you have any Helicopter flavoured chips?"
      He said "Nah mate, we only have Plane"

    (Google)Drive to the airport and come up with a Crash(Plan) just incase we Drop(Box) outta the sky while uploading to the cloud from the clouds.

    Last edited 21/03/17 3:11 pm

    I'd set up a server on board. Cloud computing, literally.

    Initial Speedtest obviously.
    Then see if its good enough to play overwatch on my gaming laptop.

    Testing speeds is fine, but what will pings be like!

    I would probably sit there and cry, even on a plane i would have faster internet than at home

    On the oboard wi-fi I'd stream a (terrible) game of Overwatch on twitch, which I can't do on my home cable connection!

    I would run Google Maps to see if it could follow directions.

    iPhone-Watch 1080p cat fighting videos
    Android-Watch Trump bing bong 10 hours remix
    Windows-Speedtest and 4K videosand Skype-me-mum

    Obviously I have to use the wifi to aid in the cause of convincing Rae to bring out the Panda Snapchat filter and go nuts with it (If she's coming that is).

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