The good people over at Avioradar conducted a case study to see what
Air carrier offer wi-fi to their passengers be it free or charged n their credit card or some other thing.
In today’s world we need to be able to connect to the internet, where ever we are, if we are in our home, or if we are in the city, coffee places, college, workplace, hotels, we even need internet when we are traveling, and since air travel is one of the biggest options used for traveling, air companies have started offering wi-fi in their aircrafts, in the beginning it was expensive and hard to install. But with time it has become more and more affordable. A few carriers decide to cut the internet speed so their passengers would buy packages that would increase their speed. We can’t hold it against them because installing wi-fi in plains will take a long time, and during that period they probably need to rent out a few airplanes to compensate the lack of planes that are being fitted with wi-fi at the moment, all that takes up a lot of planing and it’s not cheap.
They covered almost all the air companies that fly in Croatia, and just to be sure, a lot of them offer wi-fi on intercontinental flights, for example: Turkish airlines, Aeroflot and Swiss do offer wi-fi on their intercontinental flights but not on shorter flights in Europe.
So depending on the air carriers, you can purchase internet packages during flight, while others may offer them before the flight even starts. Most offer it during the flight by means of credit cards, the planes that have wi-fi will have the wi-fi marks but the personal will also say when the plane has wi-fi. When the plane reaches 10 thousand feet, they can initiate wi-fi access, while when the plane i landing the wi-fi is turned off.
To join the wi-fi you need to turn on the wi-fi on your device and the device will find the wi-fi usually the only one with the name of the air carrier, click on it and it should join. Even if you don’t buy the packages, most air carries offer free wi-fi to join their sites to check on the status of your flight and the time of arrival.
Here are the aircraft carriers that offer Wi-Fi for their passengers and what are their prices:
Air France: For now the number of planes that have the technology is fairly limited, but Air France will make it available in the year 2020, with them there are two options:
Free Message pass“ – Passengers can receive and send messages via the application and connect to the internet page of Air France to look up or change their reservation
Surf pass can be used during the whole flight, for short flights it’s 3 Euros, for intermediate flights its 5 euros ( those two are applicable in Europe) or 8 Euros /2700 flying blue miles for 1 hour or 18 Euros/6000 Flying Blue miles for a whole intercontinental flight
Stream pass It combines both message and surf packages, also it allows for higher internet speeds to download larger files or watch a movie over a streaming service, it costs 30 Euros/10 000 Blue flying miles and it is only applicable on intercontinental flights.
Air Serbia: They offer Wi-fi but only in Airbusses, and their prices are as follows:
10 MB-2.90 EUR-used only for social media
20 MB-4.90 EUR
50 MB-8.90 EUR
90 MB-13.90 EUR
American Airlines: By next year they will fly for Dubrovnik with Boeing 767-300 ER airplanes, and they will offer Wi-Fi, the price will be around 10 US dollars
Austrian Airlines: They offer a few single aisle planes that have WI-fi, mostly Airbuses, and they offer 3 packages which are:
MyAustrian FlyNet MESSAGE – from 3 EUR- usable only for sending e-mails, and messages over applications, net speed is capped at 150 kbs and it’s only applicable during one flight
MyAustrian FlyNet SURF – from 7 EUR – it grants the same as the MESSAGE package, with added surfing on internet pages, and using up bigger applications, net speed is capped at 600 kbs and it’s applicable on only one flight
MyAustrian FlyNet STREAM – from 12 EUR- this package sums up both MESSAGE and SURF packages, with the addition of streaming videos and music, net speed is capped at 15 MBS and it is only applicable during one flight.
El Al: For passengers that use El Al air carriers, are offered wi-fi they have three packages, and passengers can choose which one suits them the most:
BASIC – Usable for apps used for sending messages and e-mails-Free for all passengers
SOCIAL – It gives the same things as the BASIC with the added option to surf web sites and watching shorter videos (up to 30 minutes)- price is 9.99 US Dollars
BUSINESS – It grants the same things as the SOCIAL, with the added option of streaming music and VPN connections-price is 19.99 US Dollars
Emirates: On their flights Emirates offer their passengers 20 MB of free wi-fi, and if you need more, you will need to pay for one of the packages, but if you are a member of one of the Emirates programs you get some benefits:
First Class and Business Class: If you travel in either first class or business class, and are a member of either Blue,Silver,Gold, or Platinum you have free wi-fi for the entire flight
Economy Class: If you travel in economy class, and have either Gold OR platinum rewards program you have free wi-fi during the entire flight, if you have Silver status for 150 MB you will need to pay around 4.99 US dollars, and for 500 MB you will need to pay 7.99 US dollars, while if you are a Blue status for 150 MB you will pay around 6.99 US dollars, and for 500 MB around 10.99 US dollars
For those that aren’t registered on Emirates Skywards program they will need to pay 9.99 US dollars for around 150 MB of data, or 15.99 US dollars for 500 MB of data.
Eurowings: They offer wi-fi to their passengers, the offer is pay to use, but there is an option to use it for free for the first 10 minutes, it’s not available in every plane in the fleet, there are 3 options ( and one free one) that suits your needs
Connect try – 10 minutes free
Connect S – 3.90 EUR, used for e-mails and messages ( only voicemail, and written)
Connect M – 6.90 EUR, offers the same as Connect S with the addition of web pages, and Wings Entertainment (watching movies and series)
Connect L – 11.90 EUR, the same as the Package, with the addition of streaming movies and music.
Finnair: They started with installing the equipment in their single aisles planes, it is expected for the project to finish by 2019.
Business Class – 30 minutes for free after that it’s around 4.95 EUR and 6.95 EUR for surfing while streaming is gonna be 9.95 EUR and 12.95 EUR
Economy Class – unlike the Business class it doesn’t give 30 minutes for free, the other prices are the same.
FlyDubai -They offer internet access to their passengers, the price varies depending on the route, how long the flight is and other factors, there are 4 packages
All-flight pass – you can connect to the internet as long as the plane is at 10 thousand feet
30-minute pass: You can buy this option on flights that are longer than 2 hours and it is applicable for 30 minutes from the moment it was purchased
Messaging: allows access to applications for sending messages
Live TV: offers access for live TV programs
Lufthansa: They offer internet access in their Airbus A320 series, it is not in all the planes in that series, but the ones that have it will have the marking saying it, they offer a few packages, and the internet access is pay to use:
FlyNet Message – 3 EUR/1000 Miles and more miles- speeds up to 150Kbit/s for passengers that use applications for messages, and looking at e-mail
FlyNet Surf – 7EUR/2300 Miles and more miles, speed up to 600Kbit/s, the same as the above package with the addition of surfing web pages and VPN
FlyNet Stream – 12EUR/4000 Miles and more miles, speed up to 15 Mbit/s – addition of streaming movies and music
Norwegian - One of the few that offer free Wi-fi to their passengers, as soon as the signal that allows you to unbuckle your seatbelt is off, you may connect to the internet, but be sure to check online if the plane you are flying has free wi-fi, because not most planes do.
Qatar Airways: Offers wi-fi in their airplanes from the A320 Series, but not every plane is fitted with the technology, in those planes that do offer wi-fi passengers will be let known of the capabilities, as for prices you will need to register on Oryx One portal and there you can see the packages and the prices and choose the one you want most.
SAS: They planed to equip their 40 planes by September of 2018, but it is expected that the project will be finished by the first quarter of 2020, internet access is however applicable on the better part of SAS flights in Europe.
The price varies depending on the class and the status of the rewards program:
passengers that have EuroBonus Gold or Diamond in the rewards program-Free Access to Wi-fi
SAS Plus tariff class-free access to WI-fi
SAS GO tariff class-prices vary from 39 DKK / 49 NOK / 49 SEK / 6 EUR / 5 GBP / 7 US dollars (or 1000 EuroBonus points)
Air carriers that don’t offer internet access on flights in and out of Croatia, their air carriers are either in the process of implementing the technology or don’t plan to do it in the near future
Adria – don’t offer internet access for now
Aegean Airlines – don’t offer internet access for now
Aer Lingus – don’t offer internet access for now
Aeroflot – don’t offer internet access for now
Air Baltic- don’t offer internet access for now
Air Transat – In AirBus A330 they don’t offer internet access for now
Alitalia – don’t offer internet access for now
British Airways – don’t offer internet access for now
Brussels Airlines – don’t offer internet access for now
Condor – don’t offer internet access for now
Croatia Airlines – don’t offer internet access for now
CSA – don’t offer internet access for now
Easyjet – don’t offer internet access for now
Edelwiess – don’t offer internet access for now
Enter Air – don’t offer internet access for now
Germania – don’t offer internet access for now
Iberia – don’t offer internet access for now
Jet2.com – don’t offer internet access for now
KLM – don’t offer internet access for now
Korean Air – don’t offer internet access for now
Level – don’t offer internet access for now
LOT Polish Airlines – don’t offer internet access for now
Luxair – don’t offer internet access for now
Ryanair – don’t offer internet access for now
S7 Airlines – don’t offer internet access for now
Smartwings – don’t offer internet access for now
Swiss – don’t offer internet access for now
Thomas Cook Airlines – don’t offer internet access for now
Trade Air – don’t offer internet access for now
Transavia – don’t offer internet access for now
Travel Service – don’t offer internet access for now
TUI Airways – don’t offer internet access for now
Turkish airlines – don’t offer internet access for now on single aisle airplanes
Volotea – don’t offer internet access for now
Vueling – they are preparing to enable passengers to go online with speeds up to 20 Mbit/s, but it’s not known when that option will be implemented
Wizzair – don’t offer internet access for now