In-flight Internet is virtually ubiquitous these days with most major airlines offering some form of sky-high WiFi – and while this has traditionally attracted sky-high prices to match, the cost of connecting mid-flight is on the decline, with some airlines now even offering the service for free.
Emirates: free Airbus A380, Boeing 777 in-flight Internet:
A business or first class ticket with Emirates now buys unlimited free Wi-Fi with the Gulf carrier.
Passengers booked in economy aren’t forgotten either, with the previous allowance of 10MB now boosted to 20MB for use within two hours of first connecting: although further browsing now costs US$9.99 for 150MB or US$15.99 for 500MB if you’re stuck down the back.
Finnair: free Airbus A330, A350 in-flight Internet:
Complimentary for the entire flight for Finnair Platinum and Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers travelling in any cabin, including Qantas Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge.
Business class passengers, Finnair Gold and Oneworld Sapphire frequent flyers (such as Qantas Gold) instead receive one hour of complimentary connectivity and can purchase further access at standard rates, being €7.95 for one hour, €11.95 for three hours or €19.95 for the entire flight.
Qantas: free Boeing 737 in-flight Wi-Fi
Your next Qantas domestic flight may provide sky-high WiFi if you chance upon the airline’s current Boeing 737 test aircraft (registration VH-XZB)
There are no time or download limits to get in your way, and access is completely free for all travellers: not just those seated in business class or with a shiny frequent flyer card.
Virgin Australia: free Boeing 737 in-flight Wi-Fi
Qantas challenger Virgin Australia is also trialing sky-high Wi-Fi aboard a single Boeing 737, and during that trial period, access is free for all passengers – again with no time or download limits.
The prospect of keeping the internet fee-free is still on the table; however, as is the idea of offering the first 30 minutes free and charging for further access, so until a final decision is made, make the most of the complimentary access!
Cathay Pacific: free Airbus A350 in-flight Internet
Cathay Pacific charges for its in-flight Internet – either US$9.95 for one hour or US$19.95 for the entire flight on journeys over six hours – but by completing a few quick questions, you can get the first hour free.