In-Flight Wi-Fi Costs for Passengers
Onboard Wi-Fi is available for airline passengers on many flights through many airlines. As of 2018, most national carriers have equipped their aircraft with Wi-Fi capabilities, and the service now is available on regional and international airlines. A status update of airline Wi-Fi services shows that many airlines have made the decision to update their entire fleet of aircraft with Wi-Fi equipment. Others still are not fully onboard but have chosen to test Wi-Fi on certain aircraft or routes.
The price of airborne Wi-Fi varies depending on the package the customer purchases, but it can range from $5 to $15 per day to around $50 per month on appropriately equipped aircraft.
Gogo debuted its in-flight service on American Airlines in 2008 and now partners with most major carriers in the U.S., including Virgin America, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Air Canada.
Wi-Fi packages are available on domestic flights for direct purchase through Gogo's website:
- $7.00—1 hour of in-flight internet access
- $19.00—24 hours of in-flight internet access
- $49.95—Monthly access on any Gogo-partner airline
- $599.00—Yearly access on any Gogo-partner airline
Delta offers internet access through Gogo on international flights at slightly higher rates:
- $28.00—24 hours of in-flight internet access
- $69.95—Monthly access
Not all major airlines partner with Gogo, but some still offer limited or full internet access:
- Southwest Airlines: Internet access is available on board some Southwest flights for $8 per day. Passengers can check on Southwest's website up to 24 hours in advance to see if their flights have Wi-Fi. Some flights also allow access to free live TV and movies for $5 per movie per device.
- Hawaiian Airlines: Some free services and on-demand movies and TV shows are available when connecting through the airline's mobile app. Prices for on-demand titles range from $5.99 to $7.99.
Most major international carriers offer some form of Wi-Fi access, each with their own pricing plans and features:
- Emirates: Passengers receive up to 20 megabytes and two hours of Wi-Fi access for free. Non-Skywards members pay $9.99 per flight for up to 150 MB or $15.99 per flight for up to 500 MB. First-class and business-class Skywards members receive free unlimited access, as do Gold and Platinum Skywards members in economy class. Silver Skywards members in economy class pay $4.99 for up to 150 MB or $7.99 for up to 500 MB. Blue Skywards members pay $6.99 for up to 150 MB or $10.99 for up to 500 MB.
- Lufthansa: FlyNet onboard Wi-Fi service is billed by Deutsche Telecom, and Lufthansa Miles & More passengers can exchange miles for internet service. One hour of access costs $10 or 3,000 miles. Four hours costs $15.50 or 4,500 miles, and full-flight access costs $19 or 5,500 miles.
- Norwegian Air Shuttle: Norwegian Air Shuttle offers free Wi-Fi service on most of its flights in Europe and between the U.S. and the Caribbean. No Wi-Fi access is available on long-haul international flights.
- Qantas: The Australian airline offers free Wi-Fi service on select domestic flights with plans to expand the number of Wi-Fi-enabled airplanes by the end of 2018.
- Qatar Airways: Qatar offers access through Oryx One Communications, and rates vary depending on aircraft and flight.