First trial flights take off to New York and Panama
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are operating their first inflight connectivity flights with Wi-Fi on board. The new service will allow customers to remain connected with the world by being able to send texts and emails and surf the net during their flight. Wireless service will start once flights have reached 20,000 feet, shortly after take-off. The service has a charge, however.
“During the pilot phase we will offer hourly and full-flight fees,” Air France said in a statement. These will be €10.95 per hour or €19.95 for the full flight, applicable for all classes – fees the airline says are in line with industry average.
Mobile phone usage, for text and data, will be billed to the phone users according to their own roaming agreements.
The service makes use of a specially designed inflight website that also offers free live television news and sports channels and airline and destination information.
This trial phase will continue throughout the rest of 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s, on the Paris-New York and Amsterdam Schiphol-Panama routes. During this test phase, customers will be asked to share their comments, suggestions and expectations.
[photo courtesy Air France]