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 Avionics Corporation.
With JAL SKY Wi-Fi passengers in every cabin class will be able to send and receive emails, update and navigate their social media networks and browse the World Wide Web utilising 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, passengers will be able to 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 – but it will cost.
The usage fee for JAL SKY Wi-Fi is US$11.95 for the first hour, or US$21.95 for 24 hours upon activation. Passengers who purchase 24 hours of usage can continue to enjoy the service within the time limit, on a connecting JAL international flight that has the JAL SKY Wi-Fi system.
Fees are payable by credit card only. Payments made by JAL CARD, JAL USA CARD, or the JAL Shanghai Pudong Development Bank credit card are entitled to the special rates of US$10.75 for the first hour and US$19.75 for 24 hours of usage.
Starting with the installation on a Boeing 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 the 15th July 2012 and daily from early August. Following on from this first roll out JAL expects to deliver its latest service on flights to and from Chicago, Los Angeles and Jakarta by the end of October and London, Paris and Frankfurt by next spring.
From the 15th July until the 30th September 2012, passengers in First and Executive Class cabins, on applicable flights will be invited to experience JAL SKY Wi-Fi with a complimentary one-hour trial of the new service.