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Airlines that offer the best wifi service

11 May 2016 by Clement Huang

FINNAIR

AVAILABILITY A350s

COST €5 (US$5.70) for one hour; €15 (US$17) for full flight

INFO The introduction of the A350 to its fleet last year enabled Finnair to offer wifi to its customers. The Oneworld member has taken the service to the next level by providing free connectivity to business class passengers and elite members of its frequent flyer programme.

finnair.com

 

EMIRATES

AVAILABILITY A380s and select B777s

COST First 10MB is free; additional 600MB for US$1

INFO The Gulf carrier regularly draws attention and its wifi service is no different. Every passenger travelling on a wifi-enabled aircraft receives 10MB of data completely free, while an addition 600MB will cost you only US$1. As an added bonus, Emirates donates that money to charity.

emirates.com

 

SCOOT

AVAILABILITY Entire fleet

COST 20MB for US$5; US$11.95 for one hour; US$16.95 for three hours; US$21.95 for 24 hours

INFO As a low-cost carrier, one might mistake Scoot’s no-frills model for a lack of quality. As previously reported (see here), that would be a misconception. The LCC operates a modern all-B787 fleet, which makes it the only carrier in the world to offer wifi on all of its aircraft. Speeds aren’t too shabby either, as we were able to stream last year’s Superbowl using the service.

flyscoot.com

 

GARUDA INDONESIA

AVAILABILITY B777-300ERs

COST US$11.95 for one hour; US$16.95 for three hours; US$21.95 for 24 hours; free for first class passengers

INFO Garuda Indonesia has made many recent improvements and its progress is apparent on its new B777-300ER aircraft. Excellent cabin products are complemented by a top-of-the-line wifi service – available free to all first class customers.

garuda-indonesia.com

 

NOK AIR

AVAILABILITY Select B737s

COST Free when available

INFO Last year Nok Air became the first Asian carrier to offer free onboard wifi to all passengers. The new service debuted on two aircraft in May 2015, but has since been extended to other planes as well. With a download bandwidth of up to 8Mbps, that’s plenty for someone looking to use social media apps or stream a couple of short videos.

nokair.com 

Clement Huang

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