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In-flight Wi-Fi and its costs on various international airlines

by amit.uniyal 5. December 2014 07:51

With the people making air travel increasingly and carrying along with them their smartphones, tablets and laptops, the trend of providing Wi-Fi on the ground and in-the-air is growing. And, people are also taking advantage of this frequently.

Many international airlines are competing with each other to stay ahead in the race and keep their customers happy and connected even at 40,000 feet above in the air. A recent study has indicated about the growing trend and revealed the in-flight Wi-Fi offering and the costs by some international airlines.

Wifi Connection in Plane

Air Canada is charging $5 for a one-hour pass to access their electronic devices through Wi-Fi. For those who want to browse internet for 24 hours will be required to pay $14. The in-flight Wi-Fi service will be available on select flights operating within North America.

American Airlines is offering Wi-Fi services on domestic flights and charging $14 for internet access for a period of 24 hours. The airline is however charging $19 on international routes for the entire duration of the flight.

Those traveling on British Airways can gain Wi-Fi access by paying $12.53 for one hour. However, for browsing internet during flight the airline will be charging $23.49 for a period of 24 hours. This service is being currently offered only on one flight operating on direct route between London City and New York JFK.

Emirates Airline has varied options for internet access. The airline is charging $2.75 for 5MB and $10 for 30MB for Wi-Fi access on mobile devices. However, for Wi-Fi access on tablets and laptops the airline charges $7.50 for 15MB and $20 for 100MB respectively. The service is available on select Boeing 777 aircrafts and all Airbus A380 aircrafts.

Qatar Airways provides in-flight Wi-Fi services on all its Boeing 787 aircrafts. The prices however vary according to the usage and duration. The airline is offering the service on select Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts.

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