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JAL, ANA to offer in-flight Internet access service

Date Posted: 2012-07-13

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are touting their announcements that they will provide on-board Internet access services via Wi-Fi wireless connections for smartphones and notebook personal computers for international flights.

JAL will begin the service on Sunday, while ANA plans the added service starting in summer 2013.The Japanese airlines decided to introduce the services as customers wished to use the Internet, and send and receive e-mail during flights. Some major foreign carriers have already introduced such services.

JAL will first offer the service for flights between Narita International Airport near Tokyo and New York using the Boeing 777-300 jet. By the end of this year, the service will become available for flights linking Narita with Chicago, Los Angeles and Jakarta using the same aircraft. Fees for the service are $11.95 for up to 60 minutes of Internet connection and $21.95 for up to 24 hours. ANA will provide the Internet service on flights using the Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The airline will announce routes and fees later.

THE SPEED OF worldwide internet access on board flights gathers even more speed over the next year as United begins rolling it out internationally later this year. Air France and KLM will begin trials of wireless internet access on board in early 2013.

WiFi access is freely available on overland US and Alaska services via GoGo mobile. Passengers can purchase access onboard or in advance at GoGoAir.com, 24-hour access costs $12.70.

The AeroMobile WiFi system available through Panasonic is already in operation with Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Malaysian Airlines. Other airlines due to link up include Lufthansa, Gulf Air, Etihad, SAS, Cathay Pacific and Turkish Airlines.

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