AirAsia BIG offers its members free in-flight connectivity to chat apps – and now you can’t fend off work messages

AirAsia planes sit on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia.

AirAsia BIG, AirAsia’s loyalty programme, has just unveiled a new 2MB chat plan for its members.

From Feb 21, the service allows BIG members to experience free in-flight internet connectivity, says a report by The Star Online.

Unrestricted access to applications including WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, KakaoTalk and Viber is now available to travellers under the programme.

They will be able to use the chat plan every time they fly on Rokki-enabled flights.

Rokki is AirAsia’s on-board Wi-Fi that offers in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Rokki CEO Lalitha Sivanaser said in a statement: “Connectivity is integral to our lives, and this is something Rokki understands implicitly. We hope that this free in-flight Internet will help guests stay in touch with their friends and family and get the latest updates no matter where they are.”

“Therefore, to ensure guests can always stay connected, Rokki is continuously advancing the digital transformation on board, further enhancing the inflight portal that offers entertainment, news, and exciting shopping deals on their personal mobile devices while flying.”

Good news for travellers who want to communicate with loved ones unhindered while in the air. Bad news for those trying to fend off messages from work.

To have access to the plan, BIG members only need to connect to Rokki Wi-Fi and log in via the Rokki portal with their AirAsia BIG details.

The experience is available on any of AirAsia’s 44 Rokki-enabled aircraft with free connection via personal mobile device, according to The Malay Mail Online.