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Wi-Fi on airlines – who offers, for how much

July 16, 2013

International Wi-Fi on United AirlinesA lot of airlines worldwide come with Wi-Fi access nowadays on either their entire fleet or certain planes or routes. There are apps and websites tell you if that flight offers Wi-Fi on that route or the airplane during your booking process. Earlier this year, we told you that United Airlines started offering wi-fi on their international flights becoming the first of its kind. Most U.S.-based airlines offer connectivity in the air for flights over U.S. territory only.

So which airlines offer wi-fi and how much does it cost? Here’s a list of some of them:

Airline Fleet Mobile Cost PC cost Remarks
AirTran 100% $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
Southwest Airlines 2,320 flights $8 per day
U.S. Airways 90% $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
United On some Boeing 747-400, Airbus 319, and Airbus 320 planes $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
Delta Airlines 65% $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
American Airlines All 767s-200s, 737s & most MD80s, 757s $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
Virgin America 100% $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
Alaska Air Almost 100% $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
Jet Blue All 320s Free / paid Free / paid Introducing in 2013, limited on some, full on others
Air Canada All 319s $4.95 to $19.95 $11 to $49 Provided by Gogo
Singapore Airlines All A340-500s, coming on A380s & 777-300s $11.95 for 10MB, $29.95 for 30MB Prices vary based on routes. Accessible for one route only.
Emirates Some A380s, B777s Starting $2.75 Starting $7.50 Prices may vary.
Lufthansa Some A380s, 747-8s 1 hour: €10.95; 24 hours: €19.95 Provided by Deutsch Telekom.

We did not find any information on Wi-Fi on-board offered by the following airlines:

  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • RyanAir
  • KLM
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Air China
  • Turkish Airlines – although they had announced almost 2 years about their in-flight connectivity.

Most airline websites will give you information on wi-fi on their on-board or in-flight services section. And then there are apps or third-party websites that also display wi-fi on-board icons on the search results page:

  • SeatGuru: Offers information about Wi-Fi and other amenities as a natural extension of the service, along with finding the best seat on a plane.
  • Hipmunk: Designed for finding flights but will identify those with Wi-Fi.
  • Routehappy: Designed for finding flights but will identify those with Wi-Fi.
  • CheapAir: Designed for finding flights but will identify those with Wi-Fi.

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