A graphic from letsflycheaper.com shows which airlines worldwide currently offer inflight connectivity.
The accompanying feature says: “Does my flight have WiFi?, is not a question we still expect to ask ourselves in this day and age. Unfortunately, airline WiFi can still feel like a luxury.
“The good news is that many airlines are learning how much inflight WiFi affects the quality of a customer’s flying experience.
“But adding WiFi is just the start – as a general industry-wide push, airlines that have onboard WiFi are now trying to make it better, faster, and cheaper.
“While many airlines are rapidly improving their plane’s internet speeds, there’s not nearly enough bandwidth for everyone to stream the newest episode of Game of Thrones. Most internet on planes is just good enough to have email, text messages, and Instagram, but not to watch or stream videos.”
The problem with graphics like this is that they are invariably out of date. Also, they can’t deal with all the subtle nuances of which aircraft in a given fleet are internet-equipped and which are not.
Letsflycheaper’s inflight connectivity graphic. Click to view larger version.
For example, while KLM is shown as an airline offering paid-for internet access, it is currently only some of their Boeing 787 Dreamliners that are equipped with Panasonic’s Ku-band connectivity.
It is true that Air France-KLM has signed a partnership agreement with Gogo to offer its customers 2Ku inflight connectivity services on board its long-haul aircraft.
A total of 68 Air France Boeing 777s and 15 Airbus A330s, as well as 29 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777s and 12 Airbus A330s, will be equipped with 2Ku Wi-Fi on board starting from the end of 2017, a total of 124 long-haul aircraft.
But for now, anyone taking a flight with KLM and expecting to use their laptop or tablet to connect to the net might be disappointed.
Nevertheless, as a quick visual guide as to how inflight connectivity is being deployed it is useful.