Japan Airlines (JAL) has confirmed it will begin offering JAL SKY Wi-Fi this summer.
The high-speed, wireless internet service will gradually be introduced onboard JAL’s international flights as the airline progressively equips aircraft across its international fleet with the broadband Ku connectivity solution eXConnect by Panasonic.
With JAL SKY Wi-Fi, customers in every cabin class will be able to send and receive emails, update and navigate their social media networks and browse the web using their personal electronic devices such as laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled gadgets.
As an alternative in-flight entertainment option, or for getting some work done, customers can now enjoy the convenience of an onboard Wi-Fi environment that is comparable to ground-level broadband Internet access in terms of connection and data-transfer speed.
Starting with the installation on a 777-300ER, JAL SKY Wi-Fi will first become available on flights between Tokyo (Narita) and New York (John F. Kennedy) on alternate days from July 15th, 2012, and daily from early August.
Soon after, JAL expects to deliver its latest service on flights to and from Chicago, Los Angeles and Jakarta by the end of October this year, and London, Paris and Frankfurt by next spring*.
From July 15th to September 30th, 2012, customers in First and Executive Class on applicable flights are invited to experience JAL SKY Wi-Fi with a complimentary one-hour trial of the new service.
Customers interested in the trial are requested to contact their cabin attendant for more information.