Ranked: The best (and worst) inflight WiFi in the world

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Jumping onto a long haul flight is always something of a gamble, particularly if you’re not a frequent flier. Being stuck for many hours without good IFE or an affordable WiFi connection is never fun. To make it easier to pick your next long haul operator, Globehunters has taken a look at some of the biggest airlines in the world to find out which offers the best WiFi and entertainment, and which falls miserably short.

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Which airline offers the best inflight WiFi? Photo: Lufthansa Technik

The best of the best

The overall best airline for inflight WiFi, when taken into consideration with its onboard entertainment options too, was Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines came out on top. Photo: Turkish Airlines

According to the research, Turkish offers not only decent onboard WiFi for an affordable price of $14.99, but it also ticks all the options for other entertainment sources too. The WiFi provides support for personal devices, as well as there being seatback entertainment screens.

There are power outlets at all seats, music streaming available, as well as live TV and movies. Overall, Globehunters ranked Turkish Airlines 94.60 out of a possible 100 for its fair and generous IFEC offerings.

The best of the rest

Coming in at joint second, Emirates and American Airlines are clearly doing something right. Emirates’ ICE entertainment system impressed the assessors at Globehunters, with over 2,500 channels of on demand movies, TV shows and music streaming. According to the research, Emirates’ WiFi can be accessed from just $15.99.

Emirates’ ICE entertainment system won it some points with the assessors. Photo: Emirates

American Airlines is priced roughly the same for WiFi access, at $16 for 24 hours or one flight. However, it should be noted that Emirates’ price for WiFi only allows 500Mb of data to be used, whereas AA’s is uncapped. American scored extra points with the reviewers for the ability to watch live TV on personal devices on some routes.

Where’s the free airline WiFi?

Despite not coming in the top three of the ranking, Globehunters did uncover four airlines offering WiFi completely free of charge. These were:

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  • Qantas
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air China
  • China Southern

The next cheapest was Turkish, followed by Air Canada at $15.80, Emirates at $15.99 and Singapore Airlines at the same price.

If you’re keen to know which airline will really break the bank for a WiFi connection, that dubious accolade gets handed to Aeroflot. According to the research, a 24 hour WiFi pass will set you back an eye-watering $50 with the Russian carrier.

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Aeroflot’s long haul WiFi is the most expensive out there. Photo: Fedor Leukhin via Wikimedia

Next worst was Lufthansa, at a cost of $34, followed by Air France and KLM, both priced at $32.80 with Ethihad close behind at $32.890.

Of the 20 airlines reviewed, only LATAM did not offer any WiFi connections to passengers.

How did Globehunters judge these airlines?

According to the website, Globehunters used a variety of methods to come up with this list. In order to qualify, the airline had to be operating long-haul flights with entertainment available in economy class. They noted that, while the ranking was based on the economy class WiFi, there may be more or different options available in business or first.

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