These are the airlines with free Wi-Fi internet access on their flights

These are the airlines with free Wi-Fi internet access on their flights
This post is brought to you from the sky... quite literally. It was written on board a Boeing aircraft flying 36,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Witchcraft? No, far from it. Many major airlines now offer internet access to their passengers through an on-board Wi-Fi connection. Data is delivered via satellites or from ground-based cellular antennas beaming 3G/4G airwaves at the sky.

In-flight internet access, however, is still quite the luxury. In most cases, you'll have to pay between $5 and $10 for an hour's worth of all-you-can-eat data – enough to tweet about how expensive the service is, but insufficient to keep you entertained on a lengthy trip. And a daily pass could cost you around $30. Ouch!

Yet did you know that some airlines provide their passengers with free internet access for the duration of their flights? Yup, and the perk is not limited to businesses class passengers only. The next time you travel with one of these companies, be sure to have your phone's battery filled up as you'll be enjoying some of that free Wi-Fi goodness.

  • Norwegian Airlines has high-speed broadband on flights within Europe. The service is available on the company's Boeing 737-800 aircrafts.
  • JetBlue has all of its Airbus 321s and most of its A320 planes equipped with Wi-Fi gear. There's a catch, however. The free access option imposes restrictions on your connection. To go online at full speed, you'll have to buy a pass.
  • Hongkong Airlines has free Wi-Fi on its Airbus A330-200 aircraft operating from London to Hong Kong. The connection speed, however, is limited for those using a free pass.
  • Air China's free Wi-Fi service comes with a catch. Passengers cannot connect to it from their smartphones as these are not allowed to be on during flights. Tablets and laptops, on the other hand, are A-OK.
  • Nok Air provides free Wi-Fi internet access on domestic flights throughout Thailand. The service is only available on two aircrafts, however.

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16 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1465; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This is an article for the 1% of the 1% who can afford to fly in those air buses. Slow news day.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I believe most on this site can afford to fly XDD at least with those airlines.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I hope that in few years, when the Airbus' global satellite internet thingie is ready, we'll be able to use WiFi even on a plane, no matter the airline!

4. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Emirates Airbus do have wifi. It should be added

6. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

But its not free.

14. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

They also mentioned in this article that JetBlue has paid wifi

15. bataxstar unregistered

hello mister legiloca. On Jetblue you can use FREE Wi-Fi though it has restrictions on your connection. ;)

9. Simona unregistered

of course they has showers on the plane :)

10. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Don't forget the sauna

5. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'm never going to use WiFi on air buses. Seems very unsafe...

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Though aerospsce engineers, airline operators and transportation authorities all over the world deem it safe, you beg to differ?

7. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Thanks for your report on small foreign airlines that really don't concern 99% of readers.

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Air china's wifi seems..oddly specific, i mean laptop or tablet can do exact same things? I suppose they are worried that phones are bugged or such? and tablets/laptops are not?

12. arturmeireles

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

My friend is a piloto at Norwegian and he said that the internet speed is a joke. You barely can check your email. Phonearena forgot to add many airlines that have wi-fi, Lufthansa, TAP... Most US carries have wifi inside the US.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Arturmeireles forgot to read the article.

16. bataxstar unregistered

free Wi-Fi bro. who doesn't want free?

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