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List of Airlines Offering Inflight WiFi

Posted March 17, 2014 8 Comments

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WiFi is everywhere, from cafes to bus stops, trains to airports, it’s a service that people on the go value highly. Unfortunately the WiFi craze hasn’t reached its fullest potential when it comes to the airline industry, with researchers estimating that in the United Kingdom alone the absence of inflight WiFi is costing the British economy £640m a year.

Though frequent fliers have made their pleas to the airlines to offer onboard internet, when the service is available it isn’t always up to par with the tech-savvy traveler’s needs. Even though an increasing amount of airlines like Air France, KLM, All Nippon, Cebu Pacific, Icelandair, Jet Blue, WestJet, Nok Air, JAL, Transaero, Vueling and Aeroflot have announced that they’ll soon be implementing WiFi in their cabins into 2014 and 2015, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to the service, as exorbitant pricing and speeds that would make even a snail yawn are deterring fliers from considering purchasing internet aboard. At the moment only five airlines offer free inflight WiFi: JetBlue, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Air China and Hong Kong Airlines.

Airlines that offer in-flight WiFi and/or GSM internet access

Air Canada

  • Aircraft: some A319s (only flights within the US)
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); 1-Hour Pass $5 (internet access on any single domestic Gogo equipped flight); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline)

Air China

  • Aircraft: no information
  • Provider: Current provider not specified. (To be the first to try GX Aviation on A330s, high speed broadband connection, estimated for 2nd quarter 2015)
  • Price: Free (but not allowed on smartphones).

AirTran

  • Aircraft: All aircraft
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); 1-Hour Pass $5 (internet access on any single domestic Gogo equipped flight); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline)

Alaska Airlines

  • Aircraft: all B737-400, B737-700, B737-800, B737-900 on flights within the lower 48 states (USA) and within/to/from Alaska
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); 1-Hour Pass $5 (internet access on any single domestic Gogo equipped flight); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline)

American Airlines

  • Aircraft: Domestic Wi-Fi is now available on nearly all flights within the US; International Wi-Fi on 777-300ER aircraft
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: Domestic flights WiFi prices: All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on AA/US Airways flights); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on on AA/US Airways flights); International flights WiFi prices: 2 Hour Pass $12, 4 Hour Pass $17, Duration of Flight Pass $19

British Airways

  • Aircraft: only on the Club World London City flight route (direct flights between New York JFK and London City airports)
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: Access on your mobile phone only, price depends on passenger’s mobile network provider’s international roaming charges

Delta Airlines

  • Aircraft: All A319, 320, B737, B757, B767, MD88, MD90, CRJ 700, CRJ 900, ERJ 170, ERJ 175. On select DC9 and B757. On US Domestic flights only.
  • Provider: Delta Connect & Gogo
  • Price: Mobile Pass starting at $1.95; Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline); Delta Annual Pass $469.95

Egypt Air

  • Aircraft: On selected A330-300
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: 2 price packages available based on time and usage

Emirates

  • Aircraft: majority of A380s and some B777
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: starting from $2.75 for mobile devices and $7.50 for tablets/laptops

Etihad

  • Aircraft: Airbus A330-200 (entire fleet to have WiFi by end of 2014)
  • Provider: Wi-Fly
  • Price: 24-hour pass $24.95; 1-hour pass $13.95; Free for Etihad’s Diamond First Class passengers

Frontier Airlines

  • Aircraft: Embraer 190
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); 1-Hour Pass $5 (internet access on any single domestic Gogo equipped flight); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline)

Garuda Indonesia

  • Aircraft: B777-300ER
  • Provider:
  • Price: Executive Class & Economy Class passengers: $11.95 1 hour unlimited browsing or $21.95 for an unlimited 24-hours. First Class passengers: free

Gulf Air

  • Aircraft: no information
  • Provider: Panasonic
  • Price: Unlimited MB $15/BHD 6 per hour ; Unlimited MB $30/BHD 11 for 24 hours

HongKong Airlines

JetBlue

  • Aircraft: limited number of JetBlue aircraft
  • Provider: LiveTV
  • Price: Simply Surf basic version: Free; Fly-Fi Plus: $9/hour streaming

Lufthansa

  • Aircraft: all long haul fleet aircraft except A380 and Boeing 747-8 (A380 aircraft are gradually being fitted out with Lufthansa FlyNet WiFi)
  • Provider: Panasonic
  • Price: HotSpot Pass Sky 1 hour: €10.95 or 3,500 miles; HotSpot Pass Sky 24 hours: €19.95 or 7,000 miles

Libyan Airlines

  • Aircraft: A330 (long-haul flights to and from Tripoli)
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: no information

Mango Airlines

  • Aircraft: All
  • Provider: G-Connect
  • Price: 30MB R 29.00; 60MB R 49.00

Norwegian

  • Aircraft: 61 out of 76 Boeing 737-800 (flights within Europe short & medium-haul). Currently not offering WiFi on its long-haul flights.
  • Provider: Row44
  • Price: Free

Oman Air

  • Aircraft: Airbus A330
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: On smartphone $5-15; Laptops/in-flight entertainment screen $15-40

Qatar Airways

  • Aircraft: Airbus A320
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: Prices depends on the passenger’s network provider’s international roaming charges.

SAS

  • Aircraft: On select Boeing 737-800 fleet (flights within Europe)
  • Provider: Panasonic
  • Price: SAS Go passengers: €8 (within Nordic countries) €12 within Europe. SAS Plus & EuroBonus members: Free.

Saudia

  • Aircraft: Airbus A330 (and select Boeing 777-300ER)
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: Prices depends on the passenger’s network provider’s international roaming charges.

Singapore Airlines

  • Aircraft: Progressively made available on A380 and Boeing 777-300ER
  • Provider: OnAir or Panasonic
  • Price: Depends on time or MB usage

Southwest Airlines

  • Aircraft: Progressively across entire fleet
  • Provider: Row 44
  • Price: $8 all day, per device

TAM

  • Aircraft: select Airbus A319, A320, A321 on domestic flights within Brazil
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: Prices depends on the passenger’s network provider’s international roaming charges.

TAP Portugal

  • Aircraft: A330 (Pedro Nunes, Vasco da Gama, João XXI and João Gonçalves Zarco) fleet. On routes between Europe and North and South America.
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: 4MB €6 or 10MB €12

THAI Airways

  • Aircraft: A330-300 & A380-800 (long-haul flights only)
  • Provider: OnAir
  • Price: THAI Sky Connect Smartphone users: $4.50/146 baht for 3 megabytes or $14.50 for 10 MB; Laptop or tablet users: $14.50 for 10 MB and $28.50 for 20 MB. Business Class passengers: Free 3-month trial.

Turkish Airlines

  • Aircraft: On some B777-300ERs and progressively on A330-300s
  • Provider: Panasonic
  • Price: Free for business travelers during an introductory period

United

  • Aircraft: All Boeing 757 aircraft routes between New York (JFK) and both Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Progressively across rest of entire fleet.
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); 1-Hour Pass $5 (internet access on any single domestic Gogo equipped flight); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline)

US Airways

  • Aircraft: Airbus A321, A320, A319 and Embraer 170, 175 and 190 (currently installed on 90% of entire fleet). Only available on flights within the continental US.
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on AA/US Airways flights); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on on AA/US Airways flights)

Virgin America

  • Aircraft: Entire fleet (US domestic flights only, coverage does not extend 100 miles beyond the US border)
  • Provider: Gogo
  • Price: 30-minute session $2; Gogo Unlimited $49.95/month (unlimited internet on all Gogo equipped airlines); Gogo All Day Pass $14 (24 hours of internet access on the same airline); 1-Hour Pass $5 (internet access on any single domestic Gogo equipped flight); The Traveler Pass $39.95 (monthly subscription for unlimited internet on one Gogo equipped airline)

We think it’s about time for the airline industry to get up to speed with affordable technology, what about you?

  • Emma B

    Hi Chelsea, thanks for this great summary! Is there a way I can message you about a couple of extra bits of information? Hopefully I can help add a few more airlines and models! Thanks, Emma

    • chelsea

      Hi Emma,

      Suggestions are always welcome! :D

    • chelsea

      Hi Emma, very sorry for the late response! I have emailed you now and would love the input!

    • http://blog.edreams.com/ Chelsea

      Hi Emma! So sorry to delay in responding! I have just sent you an email, would love to get your input!

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  • Guillaume

    Hi Chelsea, great article. What is you source for “researchers estimating that in the United Kingdom alone the absence of in-flight WiFi is costing the British economy £640m a year”? I cannot find it. Thank you!

  • Paul Buckley

    Aer Lingus offers wifi on its full fleet of A330 aircraft, connecting DUB and SNN with JFK, BOS, MCO, ORD, and SFO. http://www.aerlingus.com/inflight-experience/comfort-and-entertainment/longhaul/wifi-connectivity/

  • kelly1519

    I object why they are charging for their Wifi.. It should be free of cost. http://goo.gl/XQTa4u