Air France and KLM launch Wi-Fi by-the-hour or flight — and it isn’t cheap
Air France and KLM made good on a promise made last Summer and began a pilot program of onboard, satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul flights, charging by the hour or full flight.
The service, from Panasonic Avionics, is costly. The charge is EUR 10.95 ($14.18) per hour or EUR 19.95 ($25.84) for the entire flight regardless of class of service.
In contrast, Delta charges about $14 for a Wi-Fi day pass, although the service from Gogo is of the air-to-ground variety. And, according to a Flyertalk post, United was recently charging $14.99 for basic satellite service and $22.99 for premium service onboard a Honolulu-Tokyo flight.
The Air France-KLM trial, which will run through 2013, kicked off today with an Air France flight to New York, and a KLM flight to Panama on Boeing 777-300 aircraft.