JAL and ANA to Offer Wi-Fi on Int'l Routes

JAL and ANA to Offer Wi-Fi on Int'l Routes

ANA and JAL will start in-flight Wi-fi service.

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Wi-Fi internet services will soon become available on Japanese commercial aircraft flying international routes.

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) is introducing a pay-to-use service on its Boeing 777-300s called JAL Sky Wi-Fi. The carrier will begin by offering the services on July 15 and every other day thereafter on its Narita-New York route, which will then expand to every day from August 5. Starting in late-August, JAL will gradually roll out the service to routes serving Chicago, Los Angeles, Jakarta and other destinations. Passengers in all seat classes will be able to access high-quality, high-speed internet with their smartphone, tablet, laptop or other Wi-Fi enabled device. T-Mobile will provide the internet service for a fee of US$11.95 per hour or US$21.95 for 24 hours, payable only by credit card.

In the summer of 2013, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) will initiate its own pay-to-use service, Internet OnAir, for Boeing 777-300s and 767-300s on the carrier's international routes. By installing the technology to provide the OnAir service from aircraft manufacturer Airbus, ANA says it will "use the Inmarsat satellite network to become the only carrier providing global Wi-Fi and GSM," allowing the airline to provide coverage for multiple devices on all areas its international routes pass through. ANA will gradually announce details of the new service.

German carrier Lufthansa and other non-Japanese airlines already offer Wi-Fi internet access in the cabin, but JAL will be the first Japanese carrier to do so.