Passengers to send emails, browse web or watch live broadcasts
Browsing the web or watching a live broadcast during a flight soon will become a reality on board Air France and KLM. The two partner airlines are launching a joint inflight connectivity program on their long-haul flights, in cooperation with Panasonic Avionics, with trials due in early 2013. This will enable customers to stay connected with the world through text messages, emails and the internet and ultimately through live broadcasts of TV programs.
On a specially designed inflight website, a broad range of services will be offered for free, such as the latest news, TV channels, relevant airline and destination information and online magazines.
The trial phase will be conducted in 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s, one operated by each airline. During this period, all passengers will be able to hook up to the internet via Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops or tablet PCs at a fixed rate, as well as use their mobile phones for text messages or emails.