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Japanese airlines roll-out in-flight internet


Published on Jun 26, 2012

Japan’s two largest airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), have both unveiled plans to launch free in-flight internet. JAL will begin offering its new JAL SKY Wi-Fi service this summer. The high-speed internet service will be gradually rolled-out onboard JAL’s international flights, using the Panasonic’s new eXConnect broadband solution. The first aircraft to be installed will be a Boeing 777-300ER operating between Tokyo Narita and New York JFK airport on alternate days from 15 July 2012, and daily from early August. JAL then expects to roll out Wi-Fi on flights to Chicago, Los Angeles and Jakarta by the end of October this year, and London, Paris and Frankfurt by next spring. JAL SKY Wi-Fi will be available in every cabin, and will enable passengers to send and receive emails and access the internet via their laptops, tablets and smart phones. JAL will also be offering a free trial of its Wi-Fi services from 15 July to 30 September 2012. Customers in first and business classes on selected flights will be invited to use the service. ANA meanwhile, will roll-out OnAir’s Wi-Fi services on its international flights from summer 2013. The service will initially be launched on its fleet of Boeing 777- 300ER and B767-300ER aircraft in all cabin classes.

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