Japan Airlines will begin offering high-speed Internet on select international flights from the summer of 2012, using proven technology from Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
Panasonic’s broadband Ku connectivity solution eXConnect will be installed on JAL’s fleet of Boeing 777s and introduced on routes between Japan and its gateways in Europe and North America. Use of the service while the aircraft is flying in Russian air space is subject to advance approvals.
Japan Airlines plans to equip its entire long-range fleet with Panasonic’s broadband connectivity technology, eventually expanding the service to the rest of its international network.
The airline says its new in-flight service will not only allow customers in every cabin class to check and send emails, stay abreast with updates on their social media network and browse the World Wide Web, but also allow fast transfers of large data files just as in a Wi-Fi environment on the ground.
Charges will apply for the in-flight Internet service and JAL will announce the cost for usage at a later date nearer its launch of the service.