Air France and KLM have started a trial of of inflight connectivity with wifi onboard. The new service will allow customers to remain connected with the world by being able to send text messages and e-mails and surf the internet during their flight.
In partnership with Panasonic Avionics, Air France and KLM will conduct a trial phase throughout the rest of 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s. The two wifi equipped aircraft will operate on several long-haul destinations during the trial. KLM flights to Bangkok, Sao Paulo, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta, Lima, Panama-city, Singapore/Denpasar, Taipei/Manila or Quito/GuayaquilWireless could feature the equipped aircraft.
During the pilot phase the airlines will offer hourly and full-flight fees: EUR10.95 per hour or EUR19.95 for the full flight, applicable for all classes.
Passengers can pay for their internet access by credit card, meanwhile mobile phone usage (for text and data) will be billed to the phone users according to their own roaming agreements.