Next generation in-flight broadband connectivity will be provided to passengers flying Emirates new Boeing 777X aircraft from 2020.

The Dubai-based carrier will use the Inmarsat GX global network by provider Thales.

A new agreement will give Emirates customers “best in class” Wi-Fi access on the long-range aircraft.

The deal is part of plans to develop and enhance the in-flight entertainment and connectivity on the 777X fleet.

Emirates and Thales already have a multi-million dollar deal to fit 777Xs with a next generation Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system.

Emirates has already spent more than $200 million to equip its aircraft with connectivity.

Demand for in-flight Wi-Fi has been steadily increasing with more than 800,000 passengers a month connecting when flying.

Emirates offers 20MB of complimentary Wi-Fi data on board while Skywards frequent flyer members in first class and business class have unlimited free access and discounted plans in economy.

The airline has 165 777s in its fleet and a further 164 on firm order, including 150 of the next generation Boeing 777X aircraft from 2020.