Posted on: 26 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced plans for a range of improvements to its in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services in line with its new slogan, ‘embrace new challenges,’ which is aimed at benefitting both domestic and international passengers.
Since the carrier introduced in-flight Wi-Fi in 2012, it has only been available on Boeing 777-300ERs. From March onwards, Japan Airlines’ paid for Sky Wi-Fi service will also be available on its Boeing 767-300ERs and Boeing 787-8s (which operate on Europe, North America and long-haul Asia routes).
Nine Boeing 767-300ERs and three Boeing 787-8s are due to be equipped with Sky Wi-Fi by the end of 2015, but JAL plans to expand these numbers further in 2016.
Sky Wi-Fi costs $10.15 for one hour and $18.80 for the duration of the entire flight, unless passengers pay by a JAL card, JAL USA card or JAL SPDB credit card, in which case a small discount applies.
JAL is also increasing its free in-flight Wi-Fi video service on domestic routes, offering passengers the opportunity to view up to ten free programmes on personal electronic devices with wireless LAN capability.
Then, from April, JAL’s SKY MANGA programming will be available on its Boeing 787s, with up to ten English versions available to complement the original Japanese, in an attempt to introduce more travellers to the culture of Japanese manga.
April will also see JAL provide passengers with the latest Hollywood and Japanese movies and TV dramas on international routes.
Finally, the carrier is updating the digital books element of its IFE system to showcase haiku (Japanese poetry) written by children from 34 countries and regions around the world in both Japanese and English.