From March 1, passengers will be able to purchase wireless internet access on some of All Nippon Airways’ international flights.
They will be able to do so using the airline’s new ANA Wi-Fi Service.
Passengers on these All Nippon Airways international flights will be able to use their own Wi-Fi devices, such as smartphones or tablet computers, to surf the Web, access e-mail and update their social networks.
Additionally, the latest news wire report is available on ANA’s in-flight portal site for free.
ANA is introducing the new service in response to customer requests for in-flight internet access, as more people become accustomed to using smartphone and tablet technology when traveling.
The airline is providing the service in partnership with JSAT Mobile Communications, which supports the ‘Internet OnAir’ Wi-Fi service in Japan.
ANA is making its international in-flight Wi-Fi service available in all cabin classes on selected international flights operated by its Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
According to the airline, the ANA Wi-Fi Service is suitable for smartphones and tablets. ANA does not recommend passengers using the service for laptop PCs, perhaps because the data usage rates the airline is charging are quite high.
Different usage plans are available: up to 5Mb costs $US6; from 5Mb to 10Mb costs $US12; and from 10Mb to 20MB costs $US24. Payments for the service can only be made by credit card.