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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

JAL rolls out JAL SKY Wi-Fi service to European routes with free trial campaign


Japan Airlines (JAL) has finally announced the specific rollout dates for its inflight Wi-Fi service, JAL SKY Wi-Fi, for its European routes. Passengers traveling between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and London (LHR) and Frankfurt (FRA) will be able to enjoy this paid service from April 17 2013, initially on alternate days only. After this, JAL will further expand this service to flights between NRT and Paris (CDG) in mid-August (hint: that's probably when CDG is getting the SKY SUITE 777 (SS7) service ;))

JAL first rolled out the SKY Wi-Fi to its North America network last year. Passengers traveling to and from New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), and Los Angeles (LAX) can continue to enjoy this paid service, together with the new innovative JAL SKY SHARE service for a limited time. However, flights between NRT and Jakarta (CGK) will be losing the JAL SKY Wi-Fi service temporarily between April 11 and Jun 11 2013 when JAL downgrades the equipment from Boeing 777-300ER to Boeing 777-200ER when JAL retrofit more 777-300ER's with the SS7 cabins.

For a limited time, JAL will be running a free trial campaign once again for passengers to experience this brand new service. Between April 17 and June 30 2013, passengers traveling in First Class, Business Class and Premium Economy will be able to get a coupon from the cabin attendant which can be used to redeem 1 hour of JAL SKY Wi-Fi Service. Limited to 1 coupon per passenger per flight.

Last time when JAL ran a similar campaign to celebrate the launch of JAL SKY Wi-Fi, only First Class and Business Class passengers were included in the free trial campaign. Nice to see that Premium Economy passengers are also included this time.

To find out whether your flights to/from LHR and FRA will have JAL SKY Wi-Fi service or not, you can visit JAL website to check the calendar. However, as usual, due to operational reasons, equipment can be changed in the last minute and JAL may not be able to provide the inflight Wi-Fi as a result.

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