It is amazing how connected out lives have become. The a large percent of the population around the world, being ‘on-line’ is the norm, family and friends schedules revolve around shared calendars, news get announced via short messages (SMS or social media), and on and on.
Take away that connectivity and many feel completely isolated.
To the effect airports and many airlines have started to offer WiFi connectivity on flights across North America, Asia and Europe. Here in this article we will focus on the airlines offering WiFi (free or for a fee) service:
|Airline||WiFi Being Offered||Comments|
|American Airlines||Yes-Gogo service||$16 pass for 24-hours (you can use on any airline with goo service|
|Alaska||Yes – Gogo Services||$1.95 to $39.95 on board or via gogoair.com|
|Delta||Yes – Gogo services||similar to American and Alaska; Next year will start new service|
|JetBlue||Yes – Free!||The only US airline to offer free WiFi service (I think)|
|Southwest||Yes||$8 flat rate on all Boeing 737-800, 700; Service is VERY slow though|
|Japan Airlines JAL||Yes – Satellite based GoGo Service||The fees vary by route;
Being offered on both domestic and international routes
|Norwegian||Yes, Free!||On all Boeing 737-800 aircraft|
|Lufthansa||Yes||9-euro to 17-euro (for 24 hours)|
|British Airways||Only 1 route||London to New York only $14 to $25|
|Turkish Airlines||Some||On some B777-300ERs and gradually on A330-300|
|United||Yes||Boeing 747 and 757; Also Gogo service|
|Virgin America||Yes – Continental only||Gogo Service from $2 to $39.95|
|Air France||Trials||Working with Orange since Summer 2015 – limited trials;
Had offered couple of flights only previously
|Air Canada||Yes||Uses Gogo service – leverage pass from Gogo|
Overall, the WiFi service is still relatively spotty. It was interesting to discover that new flights on AA Boeing 777-300ER / 77W have started to offer WiFi for about $19 for international flights. So hopefully better services are still ahead of us.