Air France & KLM Will Finally Offer Inflight Wifi

As I’ve explained before, inflight wifi is one of the amenities I value most on planes. Being able to stay connected with the world while flying around the world is pretty awesome, and I find that I always land more relaxed if I’ve been able to catch up on work and email on my flight, rather than landing to a big list of things to do.

Inflight-wifi

Earlier in the year I flew Air France’s new business class from Paris to Toronto, and had a great flight. Air France is really investing in their premium product, with great new reverse herringbone seats in business class. As I concluded in my review:

I just wish Air France had wifi on their planes. If they offered wifi on the planes with their new business class, it might just be my favorite transatlantic business class product.

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Well, it looks like my wish may soon come true. It has just been announced that Air France & KLM will be installing Gogo 2Ku technology inflight wifi throughout much of their longhaul fleet. In total, Air France & KLM will offer wifi on 124 aircraft, including the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330.

The first aircraft with wifi is expected to be in service by the end of next year, while a bulk of the installations will take place in 2018 and 2019.

Here’s what Gogo’s CEO had to say about the addition:

“We are delighted to bring Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology to one of the largest airlines in the world and two of the most iconic brands in commercial aviation,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO.  “2Ku delivers a ground-like performance to aircraft flying around the world today, including the ability to stream video.  One of the many benefits of 2Ku is that it’s built on an open architecture and can leverage new technology advancements in the future, which means the technology will get even better over time and will provide passengers with a superior connectivity experience now and in the future.”

Bottom line

I’m excited that Air France & KLM will finally be offering wifi throughout much of their longhaul fleet, though it will be at least a couple of years before a decent number of planes have it. Regardless, it’s a step in the right direction.

Are you excited to see Air France & KLM install inflight wifi?

(Tip of the hat to Economy Class & Beyond)

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. On one hand I say, about time !
    On the other I say this 2Ku offering ought to be much more reasonable than say KLM’s current Wi-Fi offering onboard their 789s. I think there’s only 10 ~ 120 MB allowed ?

  2. It is unbelievable how far behind some airlines are. 2018-2019!!!. You can be sure that when I travel TATL for business, airlines with wifi will get my business unless the price difference is huge.

  3. Doesn’t KLM already offer Wi-Fi on select 777s? I remember seeing it on fifth-freedom hop on CGK-KUL four years ago over Christmas 2012, but then again I may have seen their info card about that particular plane being the first to do so. Maybe it was a trial run…

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