Air France and KLM have introduced wi-fi and mobile connectivity aboard selected flights. The service is being trialled throughout the rest of 2013, intially on two Boeing 777-300 services – an Air France flight from Paris CDG to New York JFK and a KLM one from Amsterdam to Panama. The two aircraft will operate on several long-haul destinations during the trial.
Passengers wanting to send text messages, check emails and browse the Internet will be able to do so on wi-fi for either €10.95 an hour or €19.95 for a full flight. The fees are applicable for all classes.
The mobile connectivity service, which is provided by AeroMobile, will allow passengers to use SMS and data services as long as their mobile operator has a roaming agreement with AeroMobile.
AeroMobile has agreements with over 220 mobile phone operators across 100 countries, including Orange and Bouygues in France and Telfort, KPN and Vodafone in the Netherlands, and O2, 3 and Vodafone in the UK.
Both wi-fi and mobile connectivity will begin once the aircraft has reached 20,000ft.
Kevin Rogers, Chief Executive of AeroMobile, said: “We are delighted to add Air France-KLM to the list of high-profile airlines already offering the AeroMobile service to their passengers. Since we launched in 2008 over 17 million passengers have connected to AeroMobile inflight and we are seeing huge demand from consumers who want to stay connected.”