10 best airlines for in-flight WiFi


Happy family traveling by plane and taking a selfie with a cell phone while smiling - travel concepts
Happy family traveling by plane and taking a selfie with a cell phone while smiling - travel concepts

If you’re planning a holiday that requires a long-haul flight, you may want to choose your airline wisely. These airlines offer the best service when it comes to staying connected with in-flight WiFi.

In this day and age, most people expect constant access to Wi-Fi – both on the ground and up in the air. Surprisingly, airline Wi-Fi in 2018 still feels like a luxury. If you want to watch YouTube or get some work done during your next airplane flight, you better choose an airline with an excellent onboard wireless internet connection. 

But which airlines rank highly for in-flight WiFi? A new travel report by Southeast Asian technology company Traveloka on the World’s Most Tech-Friendly Airlines helps find the answers.

Traveloka has analysed the top 50 airlines from the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018 – the industry’s top carriers – and compared them in terms Wi-Fi availability, speed and cost. The following airlines make up the top 10:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Emirates
  3. Delta Air Lines
  4. British Airways
  5. Jetblue Airways
  6. Cathay Pacific
  7. Alaska Airlines
  8. Turkish Airlines
  9. Etihad Airways
  10. Eva Air

Staying connected is a key part of traveling,” said Caesar Indra, senior vice president of business development at Traveloka, in a statement.
“For many of us, hours spent in the sky without an Internet connection can feel like losing a limb.”

Interestingly, Air New Zealand ranks 24th in the report, while Qantas is yet to offer in-flight Wi-Fi.

Qatar offers a “Super Wi-Fi” service, with speeds that can top 50 Mbps, while Emirates provides 20MB of free Wi-Fi to be used within two hours.



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