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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Expansion of JAL SKY Wi-Fi service from March 3 2015



A while back Japan Airlines (JAL) announced that it will expand its inflight Wi-Fi service, JAL SKY Wi-Fi, onto the 767-300ER, 777-200ER 787 fleet within the current fiscal year. Today JAL announced more details of this rollout plan.

The 767-300ER and 787-8 rollout will begin on March 3 2015. SKY Wi-Fi will be rolled out to 9 767-300ERs and 3 787-8s by March 2016. These aircrafts will mainly be deployed on flights to and from the US, Europe and long-haul regional flights. Judging from numbers, only the JAL SKY SUITE 767s and the new 787-8 deliveries will be equipped with the Wi-Fi satellite. However, JAL will continue to introduce JAL SKK Wi-Fi onto the 787 fleet in and after fiscal year 2016.  So it looks like JAL may choose to install the Wi-Fi satellite when the existing 787 fleet is scheduled for major maintenance check or it could simply mean future deliveries will be equipped with the satellite. We will have to wait to find out.

Absent from the announcement is the 777-200ER fleet which is scheduled to receive a JAL SKY SUITE style cabin retrofit according to the latest medium term management plan. Another aircraft type that is missing from the announcement is the 787-9 which is scheduled to enter service on July 1 2015. We will have to wait for future announcement to find out the rollout schedule on these fleets.

For more details, you can refer to JAL Press Release (Japanese, English)


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