ANA to introduce free inflight Wi-FI on domestic fleet

Seat-back screens on one of ANA's A321neo aircraft.
Seat-back screens on one of ANA’s Airbus A321neo aircraft.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is to introduce a free Wi-Fi internet service on its domestic fleet.

It says the free Wi-Fi internet service will be available to all passengers from April 1, 2018 on aircraft with the Wi-Fi service logo near the entrance.

By the end of fiscal year 2018, it plans to expand the service to a total of 100 aircraft, reaching the highest number on Japan domestic routes.

In addition to the free Wi-Fi internet service, its in-flight Wi-Fi entertainment will be upgraded as well. ANA is planning to increase its number of content titles to more than one hundred from April 1, 2018.

Besides video and audio entertainments, it also has “ANA SKY LIVE TV” where passengers are able to watch live news and sports on board.

It is believed the service is being delivered by Panasonic Avionics.

Panasonic Avionics and ANA announced in early 2016 that they were to launch ANA SKY Live TV and broadband Internet services on domestic aircraft on routes across Japan.

ANA Sky Live TV includes three unique channels of Japanese news, sports and other popular programming from JSAT Corporation’s Sky PerfecTV! platform.

Passengers can to watch general sports programming with Nittele G+, catch the latest news updates from Nippon TV News 24 and follow live football programming on Sukasaka!

The ANA WiFi Service and ANA SKY Live TV uses Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect and eXTV services via satellites owned and operated by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

Speaking at the APEX Expo in September 2017 David Bruner, Panasonic Avionics’ Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, said: “The IFC forecast is that by 2023, 90% of all wide bodies worldwide will be IFC-equipped, as will 65% of all narrow bodies.

“We have new channels in Japan with ANA and more new channels are being rolled out worldwide over the next six-nine months.”

From the second half of the fiscal year 2019, the airline says it will also be equipping its main domestic fleet of Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft with personal seat monitors, universal laptop power ports, and USB ports.

This September, it introduced personal seat monitors on its Airbus A321neo aircrfat. It aims to increase the number of its A321neo aircraft from its current two, to 11 by the end of the fiscal year 2018.

Free Wi-Fi internet will be available for all classes on its Boeing B777, B787, B767, B737-800, and Airbus A321 aircraft. it will not be available on ANA’s B737-500, B737-700, Airbus A320, and DHC8-Q400 platforms.

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