In addition to Latam, Air France announced on Thursday (27) news on its Wi-Fi service on board. Also provided by Gogo, the airline’s wireless internet will now be offered in three modes, including a free one for those who just want to communicate via text messages via WhatsApp.
Air France is yet another company releasing messaging apps for free on Wi-Fi on board. Delta already offers the modality in its aircraft with two or more cabins, as well as Alaska Airlines. American Airlines also plans to follow the same path.
As usual, the free mode only serves to send and receive messages – this is not the time that people will send you “good morning” GIFs while they are flying. At Air France, Wi-Fi is released for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage and WeChat, both on smartphone and tablet. The paid plans have prices that depend on the distance of the flight:
- Surf (for web browsing and e-mails):
- Short-haul flights: 3 euros for the entire flight
- Medium-haul flights: 5 euros for the entire flight
- Long-haul flights: 8 euros (or 2,700 miles) per hour or 18 euros (or 6,000 miles) for the entire flight
- Stream (for downloads and streaming media): 30 euros (or 10,000 miles) for the entire flight.
For now, the service is only available on an Airbus A330 and a Boeing 777. Air France plans to offer the new Wi-Fi on board 22 long-haul aircraft and eight short and medium-haul aircraft by the end of the year. The expectation is to equip the entire fleet by the end of 2020.