Japan Airlines (JAL) has selected Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) for a major expansion of in-flight Wi-Fi for its international fleet called JAL SKY Wi-Fi) which includes Boeing 787s, Boeing 777-200ERs and Boeing 767-300ERs.
The commitment comes after a successful introduction of Panasonic’s broadband Wi-Fi service on 13 of Japan Airlines’ 777s that have been flying international routes since July 2012.
The carrier has become one of the first airlines to offer internet access, email services, and more on flights between Japan and Europe and across the Pacific to North America.
JAL SKY Wi-Fi on international routes is served through onboard eXConnect by Panasonic. Customers in every cabin class are able to send and receive emails, update and navigate their social networking service (SNS) utilizing their wireless LAN devices during the flight.
One hour plan and the plan without time limits are available for the usage fee of JAL SKY Wi-Fi. The in-flight Wi-Fi connection service that supports passengers’ own smartphones, notebook computers and other wireless LAN devices without volume limits.
The expanded service will be onboard in FY2014 (Fiscal Year 2014 is from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015) The detailed schedule and applicable routes will be informed on JAL website as soon as they have been decided.
Outline of expanded JAL SKY Wi-Fi on international routes
1. Connectivity solution: Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect
2. Applicable aircraft: Boeing 767-300ERs, Boeing 777-200ERs, Boeing 787s
3. Applicable routes: North America and Europe route and long-distance Asia routes
4. Schedule: The expanded service will be available from the end of FY2014