Air France has launched a range of wifi passes for its connected aircraft, as it moves towards equipping its entire fleet by the end of 2020.
The Air France Connect service is available in three passes:
- A free messaging pass allowing passengers to send and receive Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage and WeChat messages on their smartphone or tablet.
- A Surf pass enabling customers to browse the internet and send emails, starting from €3 for short-haul flights, €5 for medium-haul services, and either €8 for one-hour on long-haul flights, or €18 for the length of a long-haul flight. Note that the last two options can also be paid for in miles at a rate of 2,700 miles or 6,000 mile respectively.
- A Stream pass, providing passengers with a high-speed connection for streaming and downloading, and costing €30 or 10,000 miles.
The carrier said that the service will be gradually extended “to offer customers additional services and entertainment such as detailed flight information, shopping and a wide selection of films, TV series and documentaries to watch free of charge on their smartphone or tablet”.
Air France KLM group announced plans to equip its long-haul fleet of aircraft with wifi back in 2016, and says that by the end of 2018 the service will be available on 22 long-haul and eight short and medium-haul aircraft, with the aim of fitting its entire fleet by the end of 2020.
Earlier this week Air France unveiled the new economy and premium economy cabins that will be fitted to 15 of its Airbus A330 aircraft from January next year, with wifi also being made available on these aircraft.