Cathay Pacific will launch trials of inflight Internet on its Airbus A350 fleet from early next year, but remains unconvinced on the technology and says that many of its top-tier frequent flyers value being disconnected during their flight. “We’ve been looking at it for a number of years” admits Toby Smith, Cathay’s General Manager of Product, “but I’m not yet reassured by the technology”. “We look at other airlines and we hear their passenger experiences, and there’s a high number of drop-outs, it’s slow and some airlines charge a lot of money for it, so we want to let the technology become a bit more mature”. “There hasn’t been a big push from our passengers” Smith adds. “In fact a lot of what I hear from our Marco Polo members is ‘Please don’t do it, it’s the only place in the world where I’m free from the Internet”. However, speaking at a Sydney press briefing today, Smith revealed that the airline would test the latest satellite Internet technology on its new Airbus A350s which will take to the sky in CX stripe from February next year.