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plane waiting at airportAusBNAusBN - Virgin Australia (ASX:VAH) has announced it will trial an in-flight wi-fi service, initiating a battle between competing airway Qantas (ASX:QAN), who is also about to roll out the same service to its customers.

Virgin will launch a three-month trial on one of its Boeing 737 aircrafts beginning in April and aims to implement the service on all of its planes if the trial proves successful.

The carrier will partner with airline connectivity provider Gogo and Optus Satellite to provide the service.

"Virgin Australia guests will soon be able to stay connected with their family, friends and colleagues on board," said Virgin Australia Airlines group executive John Thomas.

"We are confident that by working with Gogo and Optus Satellite and using their proven technology we can deliver the best possible and most reliable connectivity and entertainment experience in the air."

This wi-fi amenity is set to become a key battleground in the Australian commercial aviation industry as Qantas has been testing its own wi-fi service behind closed doors for several weeks.

A Qantas spokesperson said: “Our wi-fi solution uses next-generation technology, so we'll continue fine tuning on a single aircraft ahead of rolling out free and fast wi-fi to about 80 aircraft in our domestic fleet from mid-2017.”

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