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Airlines That Offer Inflight WiFi- The Definitive 2017 List

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Many of us are at a point with technology where we expect constant access to WiFi – even when we’re high in the sky. “Does my flight have WiFi?” is not a question we still expect to ask ourselves in this day and age. Unfortunately, airline WiFi can still feel like a luxury. The good news is that many airlines are learning how much inflight WiFi affects the quality of a customer’s flying experience. But adding WiFi is just the start – as a general industry-wide push, airlines that have onboard WiFi are now trying to make it better, faster, and cheaper. So before you board your next flight, keep in mind these few things listed below that will give you the best access to your airline’s WiFi service.

 

Payment Options

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Many airlines charge differently depending on whether you need WiFi for your phone, tablet, or laptop. Because smaller devices like smartphones generally use less data, WiFi internet for them tends to be cheaper. But many suspect this may be more of a marketing thing than anything else – business travelers who use their laptops will pay the few extra bucks in order to get some work done in the air. Luckily, the internet has figured out some ways to trick your laptop into being a mobile device in order to get those lower WiFi fees.

Also keep in mind that it’s cheaper to buy inflight WiFi and entertainment ahead of time (if the option is available). Gogo, one of the most widely-used onboard internet providers, offers monthly package deals that travelers can use not only on their respective airline, but also on participating airlines that use Gogo. Just watch out for that monthly auto-renew!

 One more thing about payment – some airlines, like Frontier and Lufthansa, let you pay for onboard WiFi with miles. So if you’re sitting on a heap of unused miles, remember that you can use them for some inflight locoredireaces entertainment.

 

Remember – You’re Getting Satellite Internet

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While many airlines are rapidly improving their plane’s internet speeds, there’s not nearly enough bandwidth for everyone to stream the newest episode of Game of Thrones. Most internet on planes is just good enough to have email, text messages, and instagram, but not to watch or stream videos.

However, there is one exception at the moment. JetBlue purports that their WiFi service, aptly named Fly-Fi, has the ability to stream videos on all planes. Pretty impressive for such a massive airline! But beautiful things like this come at a price: while basic WiFi for internet browsing is free, they charge $9 per hour for faster service (15 Mbps) that can stream and download. Still cheaper than many airline’s basic internet service.

Even with all these great changes being made, expect that the internet might cut out every now and then, especially on international flights and even with great Gogo or Fly-Fi service. Improvements are being made, but at this point in time it’s just the name of the game when you’re thousands of feet above the ground.

Airlines that offer inflight WiFi in 2017

So in celebration of many airlines entering the 21st century, we’ve put together a comprehensive list airlines that have inflight WiFi, including details like plane types, providers, and costs. Take a peek at our list to see if you’ll be able to access text messages from mom on your next flight.

Airline Providers Pricing
Aer Lingus Panasonic Avionics
AeroMobile
Deutsche Telekom
Buisness class free
Aer Social – Data limit 50MB $7.95
Aer Surf Data Limit 120MB $15.95
Aer Max Data Limit 270MB $32.95
Aeroflot Russian Airlines On Air A330
15 minutes – $5
1 hour – $15
3 hours – $40
Full flight – $50

B777
10MB – $5
30MB – $15
100MB – $40

Aerolineas Argentinas Panasonic Avionics Information not listed on site
Aeromexico Gogo
Panasonic Anionics
Information not listed on site
Air Berlin Panasonic Avionics Option 1: 10MB data – €2,99
Option 2: 20MB data – €4,90
Option 3: 50MB data – €8,90
Option 4: medium haul flights, duration – €13,90
Option 5: long haul flights, duration – €18,90
Air Canada Gogo 1 Hour Pass – $6.50 CAD
1 Way Pass – $12.00 CAD
Monthly Plan – $65.95 CAD/month
Air China GX Aviation Information not listed on site
Air France Gogo Installations begin late 2017
Alaskan Air Gogo All day pass – $16
Six 45 minute passes – $36
Monthly Plan – $49.95/month
All Nippon Airways OnAir 30 minutes – $4.95
1 hour – $8.95
Full fight – $19.95
American Airlines Gogo Domestic Flights
All day pass – $16 +tax
Monthly Plan – $49.95 +tax

International Flights
2 hours – $12
4 hours – $17
Full flight – $19

Alitalia Aeromobile 10MB – $2
50MB – $6
90MB – $12
200MB – $20
British Airways OnAir Only offered through Club World London City
services
Cebu Pacific Air OnAir 25MB – $5
50MB – $10
China Airlines Ku Band 1 hour – $11.59
3 hours – $16.59
24 hours – $21.53
China Eastern AsiaSat-6 258 yuan-worth of free experience of the inflight
Wi-Fi service on China Eastern Airlines flights
Condor Flugdienst Board Connect Information Not Available
Delta Airlines Gogo Domestic Day Pass – $16.00
Global Day Pass – $28.00
Domestic Monthly Pass – $49.95
Domestic Annual Pass – $599.99
Emirates OnAir First 20MB Free

Non-Skywards Members
Up to 150MB – $9.99
Up to 500MB – $15.99

Skywards Members
Unlimited Free – First Class/Buisness Class
Unlimited Free – Gold/Platinum Economy Class
Up to 150MB for $4.99 – Silver Economy Class
Up to 500MB for $7.99 – Silver Economy Class
Up to 150MB for $6.99 – Blue Economy Class
Up to 500MB for $10.99 – Blue Economy Class

Etihad Wi-Fly 24 hour pass – $24.95
1 hour pass – $13.95
Free for Diamond First Class Passengers
EVA Air Deustche Telekom 1 hour – $11.95
3 hours – $16.95
24 hours – $21.95
Finnair Nordic Sky Free for buisness class
1 hour – $7.25
Duration of flight – $21.80
Frontier Airlines None None
Garuda Indonesia Telekom Indonesia 1 hour – $11.95
3 hours – $16.95
24 hours – $21.95
Gulf Air Panasonic Avionics Unlimited MB $15/BHD 6 per hour
Unlimited MB $30/BHD 11 for 24 hours
Iberia OnAir 1 hour/80MB – 8.99€
4 hours/200MB – 24.99€
Full Flight/400MB – 29.99€
Icelandair Row 44 The price is variable. Booked Saga Class
passengers and Saga Gold members can enjoy
complimentary Wi-Fi for two devices.
Japan Airlines T-Mobile 1 hour – $10.15
3 hours – $14.40
24 hours – $18.80
JetBlue Airways Fly-Fi
Kenya Airways KQ Sky Surf Information not listed on site
KLM Airlines Panasonic Avionics EUR 10.95 ($14.18)/hour
EUR 19.95 ($25.84)/full flight
Lufthansa Flynet 1 hour – 9€, $10, 3000 miles
4 hours – 14€, $15.50, 4500 miles
24 hours – 17€, $19, 5500 miles
Nok Air Thaicom PLC FREE
Norwegian Air Shuttle Row 44 FREE
Oman Air OnAir $5-15 for a smartphone
$15-40 for laptops/in-flight entertainment screen.
Philippine Airlines OnAir Free for 30 minutees or up to 15MB
Qantas ViaSat FREE
Qatar Airways OnAir Free for first 15 minutes
Hour 1 – $5
Hours 2-4 – $10
Full flight – $20
Saudi Airlines OnAir Prices reflected on onboard wifi portal
Scandinavian Airlines(SAS) Free to Gold and Diamond members
Free for travelers in SAS Plus & Business
In Scandinavia & Europe – €6/$7
Everywhere else – €15/$19
Scoot Airlines Gogo Social-Lite (20MB) – $5
1 hour – $11.95
3 hours – $16.95
24 hours – $21.95
Singapore Airlines OnAir The price plans are reflected on the connectivity
portal when you connect to the onboard
hotspot. Depending on the WiFi service provider
and aircraft type of your flight, price plans may
be either volume-based or time-based
sessions. The price plan will be reflected on the
onboard WiFi portal.
Southwest Airlines Row 44 $8 per device, per day
SriLankan Airlines OnAir 20 minutes – $2
1 hour – $5
3 hours – $10
Full flight – $20
Swiss International Airlines PAnasonic Aviaonics 20 MB CHF 9 / ca. EUR 8
50 MB CHF 19 / ca. EUR 17
120 MB CHF 39 / ca. EUR 36
TAM Airlines OnAir Prices depends on the passenger’s network
provider’s international roaming charges.
TAP Portugal OnAir 4MB – $4.99
14MB – $14.99
50MB – $45.00
Thai Airways Panasonic Avioanics and Sitaonair 10MB – $4.99
20MB – $8.99
30MB – $12.99
100MB – $34.99
Turkish Airlines Panasonic Avionics 1 hour – $9.99
24 hours – $14.99
United Airlines Gogo Prices vary by flight
Virgin America Gogo By flight length:
<2 hours - $4.99 2-3 hours - $7.99 3-4 hours - $9.99 4-5 hours - $13.99 >5 hours – $17.99
Virgin Atlantic Aeromobile 787s:
40MB – £4.99/$5.99
150MB – £14.99/$21.99
Other Planes:
Messaging pass – £2.99/$3.99
40MB – £4.99/$5.99
150MB – £14.99/$21.99
Vueling Airlines Telefónica FREE
WestJet Panasonic Avionics 30 minutes -$4.99-5.74
3-hours – $8.99-10.34
Full flight – $13.99-16.09
 

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