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WiFi is everywhere, from cafes to bus stops, trains to airports, it’s a service that people on the go value highly. Unfortunately the WiFi craze hasn’t reached its fullest potential yet.

Though frequent fliers have made their pleas to the airlines to offer onboard internet, when the service is available it isn’t always up to par with the tech-savvy traveler’s needs. Even though an increasing amount of airlines like Ryanair (to trial later this year on top business routes), Finnair, Srilankan Airlines, Kuwait Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, and WestJet  have announced that they’ll soon be implementing WiFi, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to the service, as exorbitant pricing and speeds that would make even a snail yawn are deterring fliers from considering purchasing internet aboard. At the moment only eight airlines offer free inflight WiFi: Emirates, JetBlue, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Air China, Philippine Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Nok Air.

Want to know which airlines offer inflight internet access? Here’s the complete list:

Airlines that offer inflight WiFi and/or GSM internet access

airlines with inflight wifi infographic

Aer Lingus
Air Berlin
Air Canada
Air China
Air France
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways
American Airlines
British Airways
Cebu Pacific Air
China Eastern Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Egypt Air
Frontier Airlines
Garuda Indonesia
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes
Gulf Air
HongKong Airlines
Libyan Airlines
Malindo Air
Mango Airlines
Nok Air
Oman Air
Philippine Airlines (PAL)
Qatar Airways
Singapore Airlines
Southwest Airlines
TAP Portugal
THAI Airways
Turkish Airlines
US Airways
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin America


  • Emma B

    Hi Chelsea, thanks for this great summary! Is there a way I can message you about a couple of extra bits of information? Hopefully I can help add a few more airlines and models! Thanks, Emma

    • chelsea

      Hi Emma,

      Suggestions are always welcome! 😀

    • chelsea

      Hi Emma, very sorry for the late response! I have emailed you now and would love the input!

    • Hi Emma! So sorry to delay in responding! I have just sent you an email, would love to get your input!

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  • Guillaume

    Hi Chelsea, great article. What is you source for “researchers estimating that in the United Kingdom alone the absence of in-flight WiFi is costing the British economy £640m a year”? I cannot find it. Thank you!

  • Paul Buckley

    Aer Lingus offers wifi on its full fleet of A330 aircraft, connecting DUB and SNN with JFK, BOS, MCO, ORD, and SFO. http://www.aerlingus.com/inflight-experience/comfort-and-entertainment/longhaul/wifi-connectivity/

    • Thank you @disqus_dZ85W9msC9:disqus for the information! We’ve added Aer Lingus to the list!

  • kelly1519

    I object why they are charging for their Wifi.. It should be free of cost. http://goo.gl/XQTa4u

    • Maybe when it’s free of cost on land they’ll make it free of cost in the air too 😛

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  • Hi
    Really very useful and very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks @perfecttravelconsultant:disqus ! Feel free to share it with whomever you’d like 😀

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  • bobby27ph .

    Philippine Airlines has Inflight Wifi and Wireless IFE

    • Thanks @bobby27ph:disqus we’ll add it to the list ASAP 😀

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  • Emily Mainzer

    It’s good to know the technology developing day by day.Now we can send the text message to anyone from air.Because some airlines are providing sky high connectivity.These day Wifi has become a competitive tool for airlines.Whoever providing faster Wifi services, they will be in the competition.Already United Airlines has begun to introduce Wifi on long-haul international flights.Wish to see more airlines provide this facility for passengers.

    • Within the next few years all airlines will definitely catch up to speed with the inflight wifi trend!

      • James Durston

        Chelsea – I’m a producer for CNN Travel interested in featuring your blog on an article I’m writing on IFE. Can you tell me how you verified all this info for these airlines? And is it all up to date?

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  • Francis Cheng

    My friend just called me via whatsapp using free Wi-Fi.He is now in a SQ plane.

    • We’ll investigate about the free wifi on Singapore Airlines 🙂 Thanks for letting us know

    • Francis Cheng

      Sorry. Could be a misunderstanding.I think by the time my friend called me via whatsapp ,the plane had not taken off yet. He did not sent me messages for three to four hours later. So I guess no free wifi during the flight. Regret any inconvenience caused.

      • No worries! Singapore Airlines does have wifi available on some of their routes – it’s being progressively made available on A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

      • Kerdo

        When he was on the ground he had his cellular data from his carrier. As soon as the plane takes off he losses all access to his carrier.

  • Nitisha

    Hi Chelsea,
    I am writing a article about inflight wifi
    can i please contact you for some info?
    Thanks, Nitisha

    • Of course! I have sent you an email 🙂

  • Jack Hsu

    Don’t forget EVA Air located in Taiwan. She has always been rated as the top 10 best airlines by many media.

    • Thank you @disqus_igfSEF0ZdG:disqus! It’s been added to the list.

  • Paul Casey

    Great summary Chelsea, however the British Airways section isn’t 100% correct. They are testing WiFi on a Boeing 747 (G-CIVG), with a charge of £10 for an hour, or £17.50 for 24 hours 🙂

    • Thank you @disqus_OM5tu1hL8K:disqus! I’ve updated the information 🙂

      • Naz

        Hi Chelsea,
        I’d like to add, due to short runway at London City airport, B747 cannot operate there, so they operate A318 on LCY-JFK route and as you mentioned earlier for inflight connectivity network provider roaming charges apply. 🙂

        • Maite

          Thanks for the update! We appreciate it 🙂

  • Sarang

    Lufthansa has the best wifi on board. Download speeds 5mbps and upload 1mbps. I can use facetime easily. Also the prices have changed. It’s 17 euro for 24 hours now.

    • Thanks @disqus_TebjlPKV5f:disqus for the info. We’ve updated the prices 🙂

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  • leslysandra

    hi! I am reading about WiFi on airplains while traveling in South America, do you have some info??? thanks!

    • Maite

      Hi Leslysandra! Thanks for reaching out. What, specifically, would you like to know about travelling and wifi? Also, please let us which airline you will be travelling on and we’ll be happy to help. Thanks!

  • Adel Mandani

    Thank you

  • Michael Lee

    China airlines from Taiwan has inflight wifi service, at least on the new 777 planes. I connected only to see the fee schedule, so I can’t say anything about the performances.

  • Venus

    hi. i would like to point out that hk airlines does not fly to london anymore. they still have wifi service though.

    • Maite

      Thanks, Venus! We will make that update.

  • John
    • Maite

      Thanks for the info, John! We’ll be sure to include it.

      • Vasana Don

        This hasn’t been added it, has it?

      • Vasana Don

        Hmm… this hasn’t been added it, has it?

  • Cassy Wistuber

    Are there any updates on the US Airways 330-200 plans, US to UK?

    • Maite

      Hi Cassy. As of now, United Airways hasn’t provided an update on this particular airbus. The A330-200, however, does offer the use of portable electronic devices under 10,000 feet. There is also a USB port at every seat. Thanks for reaching out!

  • Lynz

    I,m flighing to Tenerife with tomas cook, does anyone know if wi-fi available on flight? cheers

  • John

    GL WiFi is a new service that offers unlimited WiFi on board Lufthansa flights.. Should be added on the list!

  • Steve

    Emirates has Connectivity on 64 B777’s now, Panasonic system but using OnAir WISP. Pricing is $1 for 500 MB or 10MB for free on the NxT Portal version. All aircraft are being switched over to the new portal.

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  • Thanks for this list!

    • Carla C.

      You’re very welcome @astintabroad:disqus! 🙂


    So, a few more airlines give free WiFi to their First and Business Class passengers. How about an article with an update on this?

  • Kerdo

    If we pay all that money for a ticket getting free inflight wifi would be the best airlines can do.

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  • Ubbe App

    It’s ridiculous to charge for WiFi on flights to be honest, but I can understand if someone is using a lot of MB’s. But last I flew with Emirates in July 2015 on their A380 it had WiFi, Apparently they had a 60% coverage on their total fleet and 10 MB for free in all classes. And if you needed more then you could purchase 500 MB for 1 USD which sounds very reasonable.

    • Hrolfur23

      I know its a year ago but seriously 1 USD for 500 MB thats insanely cheap.

  • IFC

    It would be nice to know how stong the wifi is. I can barely check e-mail on GoGo. I want to be able to stream video.

  • Michael L

    BA JFK-LCY-JFK aircraft is an Airbus 318 not a 744. Great list. Thanks

  • Andrea B. Chan

    I did tried on Emirates recently but very slow indeed

  • Petar

    Air Serbia also offers inflight WiFi

  • Alex Salamon

    Currently on a Virgin America flight with GoGo. Read about the Virgin WiFi and how it’s the best in air internet experience prior to take off. I’m a regular on SWA and even though it is only $8/day vs. $30/flight it is so much better. Plane size is similar and I would think that the higher price would provide a better service. Not true! GoGo is just a expensive crappy service. Given the choice in the future, I’ll make a smarter choice and read a book.

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