Wifi on Board: These airlines offer internet during the flight

Aktualisiert am: 22/09/2023

In itself, I have always loved flying for being one of the last mobile-free bastions. No wifi, no wifi on the plane. Being forced to have no Internet for hours on long-distance flights and simply relaxing without constantly staring at my cell phone – that was incredibly relaxing. However: When is it better to write (and also send) emails or read blogs comfortably and in peace, if not lolling around in your seat for 10 hours?

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Is there WiFi everywhere on board?

However, not all airlines have WLAN on board or not on all aircraft. And sometimes it’s quite expensive, but sometimes it’s free. So to shed some light, I’ve put together a list of airlines where you can access the internet on board!

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Airlines with Internet access on the plane

Air Canada

In which aircraft: CRJ705, Embraer 175/190, A319/320/321
(only on North America flights)
Prices:
CAD$6.50/hr or CAD$21/flight, monthly pass subscription CAD$65.95

unlimited data volume, purchase of passes in advance here

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Air France

In which aircraft: 90% of all aircraft, including Boeing 777/787, Airbus A318, A319, A330, A350, A220, A320, A321
Prices: not specified

American Airlines

On which planes: on almost all flights
Prices: per flight 10 USD or monthly pass 49.95 USD, for 2 devices 59.95 USD
(Monthly pass only with American credit card + frequent flyer program membership).

unlimited data volume

Austrian Airlines

In which aircraft: only on some routes with A320 (short- and medium-haul)
Prices: 3, 5 or 7, 10 or 12 € per flight (depending on speed and flight time)

Streaming possible in the most expensive tariff

Cathay Pacific

In which aircraft: A350, A321neo, partly Boeing 777, A330
Prices: Flight time <6h 3,95 USD (only messages) or 12,95 USD, >6h 19,95 USD or 9,95 USD/h

Delta

In which planes: all
Prices: Domestic Monthly Pass $49.95, Worldwide Monthly Pass $69.95

free messaging offer
additional pass offers possible on the respective flight

https://de.delta.com/us/de/onboard/inflight-entertainment/onboard-wifi

Emirates

In which aircraft: n.a.
Prices: Messaging $2.99-5.99/flight
Surfing 9,99-19,99 USD/Flight
in certain regions 9.99 USD/30min without data limit

Messaging free for Skywards members in Business Class and for Gold members in Economy Class
Surf free for Skywards members in First Class or for Platinum members in any class of travel

Etihad

In which aircraft: n.a.
Prices: 20MB 1.99 USD, 1h (100MB) 6.99 USD, 6h (200MB) 15.99 USD, 24h (350MB) 29.99 USD

Free in First Class and for Etihad Guest Platinum members
on A320 and A321 use of on-board streaming portal possible free of charge

https://www.etihad.com/en-ae/fly-etihad/in-flight-entertainment

Eurowings

In which aircraft: partially not available in A319, A320, A321, A333, A343, B737
Prices: messaging only 2,90-3,90€/flight
Surfing 3,90€/30min, 6,90€/60min, 7,90-9,90€/flight

Finnair

On which aircraft: Airbus within Europe, long-haul
Pricing: free for frequent flyers Finnair Plus Platinum Lumo (always), Finnair Plus Platinum (30 min/account, full flight/long haul), Finnair Plus Gold (30 min/account, 60 min/long haul), Business Class Flex and Classic (30 min/account, 60 min/long haul).

https://www.finnair.com/de-de/entertainmentsystem-und-internet-an-bord

Iberia

In which aircraft: A330-300, A330-200, A350-900 and almost the entire short- and medium-haul fleet
Prices: different

https://www.iberia.com/de/an-bord/wifi/

Icelandair

In which aircraft: Boeing 757, 767 and 737
Prices: 737: 10€ (Iceland – Europe), 20€ (Iceland – North America); 757/767: 6€ (Iceland – Europe), 12€ (Iceland – North America)

free of charge in Saga Premium and Saga Premium Flex and for Icelandair Saga Gold members (2 devices)

KLM

In which aircraft: n.a.
Prices:
within europe
Messaging 30min free, surfing 8€/flight, streaming 12€/flight
intercontinental
Messaging 60min free, surfing 8€/60min or 18€/flight, streaming 30€/flight (only B777 and A330)

https://www.klm.de/information/travel-class-extra-options/inflight-wifi

AirlineAircraft modelPricesInformation/Comments
Lufthansa*
all long-haul types: A330, A340, A350, A380, Boeing 747 and some A319/A320/A321 (short- and medium-haul)Short and medium distance:
3/7/12€ for the whole flight, depending on the speed
Long distance:
1 hour – 9€
4 hrs – 14€
Whole flight – 17€
unlimited data volume
Attention for connecting passengers: short-haul and long-haul offer cannot be combined with each other
Long distance: as a Telekom customer, billing via the monthly invoice is also possible
Phone calls (FaceTime,Skype etc.) not allowed
Norwegianon European routes, not on all aircraftfree of charge, if availablecompletely free access
Oman AirA330, Boeing 787Economy Class: from 10US$Roaming with billing via own provider possible (Attention: Roaming fees will be charged!)
QantasA380, Boeing 747only roaming with billing via own provider (Attention: Roaming fees will be charged!)
additional SMS service from the handset of the seat:
1.90 US$/SMS
only roaming with billing via own provider (Attention: Roaming fees will be charged!)
Qatar AirwaysA380, A350, B787, A319 (all)
on selected A320, A321 and A330-200 aircraft
Billing via roamingby billing via the own mobile phone provider, enormously high costs can arise, depending on the overflown area and own provider/contract!
SASall long-haul types and on 10 Boeing 737-300sEurope and Scandinavia flights 6€
Rest of the world 15€
free access:
EuroBonus Gold/Diamond members, SAS Plus/SAS Business
also possible to use 3G with roaming via own provider
SaudiaA330, soon Boeing 777-300Roaming via 3G with billing via own provider possible (Attention: Roaming fees will be charged!)
Singapore Airlinespartly A380, A350, Boeing 777-300ERchanging providers depending on the area, prices may varyunclear price structure due to changing providers
Swiss
Boeing 777-300ER, A330-30020 MB – 9 CHF
50 MB – 19 CHF
120 MB – 39 CHF
220 MB CHF 59
50MB free of charge in First Class
Not suitable for streaming
TAP PortugalA330 (long-haul)by data volume
4 MB – $4.99
14 MB – $14.99
50 MB – $45.00
low data volume
Thai AirwaysA380-800, A330-330USD 4.99 – 10 MB
USD 8.99 – 20 MB
USD 12.99 – 30 MB
USD 34.99 – 100 MB
United Airlinesall
(Boeing737 and partly 757-300 only over the USA;
on regional patterns only over the USA and Canada)
no video streaming possible (Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime etc.)
VoIP not allowed (FaceTime, Skype etc.)

Status: January 2018

Tips for using WLAN on board aircraft

  • Many airlines only offer a limited data volume, so be sure to deactivate all automatic update functions and background updates for apps before connecting!
  • Be careful with flights where you use the roaming of your own network provider (i.e. no WLAN). This can become really expensive very quickly!
  • Do you have frequent flyer status? Check if there is not a special offer for you.
  • For connecting flights: Often the purchased pass is only valid for one flight.
  • With most airlines, you can check on the respective website or in the app before taking the flight whether the aircraft used offers Internet access. The closer the departure, the more reliable.
  • (Video) phone calls are often theoretically possible, but usually not allowed for the comfort of fellow passengers.
  • Payment can also be made with miles from the airline’s mileage program.

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