If you’ve been wondering like we have, when WiFi would finally make its way to the many Hawaii airlines that fly here, the answer is clearly in the air. Sometimes those five hours from the mainland can be a great way to finish last emails and close up shop before hitting the Islands. On the flip side, it’s also a nice time to be unplugged. So will WiFi be available on your flights, and if so, at what cost?
Virgin America has just announced that all of their Hawaii flights now have WiFi (see below). Other carriers have over-water satellite based WiFi too, either already available or announced. Read on for details and an interesting twist on our experience getting more information about these new services.
WiFi on 6 Hawaii Airlines: The Details
We spent a significant amount of time checking with the airlines’ as well as with the service providers themselves. Woefully little information about WiFi on flights to Hawaii could be obtained from any of these sources. Here’s what we know for now. If you have any further updates from your flights, please let us know in the comments below.
2. Hawaiian Airlines. Does not currently offer WiFi on flights to Hawaii. The company indicated in 2015 that it was evaluating the criteria of good economics, strong Pacific Ocean performance and adequacy of bandwidth. No further updates have been announced.
4. American Airlines. Offers satellite based WiFi but we were unable to confirm its availability or pricing to/from Hawaii. We have heard the cost ranges from $12 for two hours to $19 for the full flight.
5. Delta Airlines. Delta is aggressively rolling out satellite based Wifi across its fleet. That will include flights to Hawaii. They will be first to complete a large fleet roll-out, which should be accomplished shortly. The cost of a Delta global day pass is $28.
6. United Airlines. The company indicates on their WiFi page that the price will vary and that over water satellite service is available on select aircraft. We do know that at least some of their flights to Hawaii offer WiFi.
Gogo Goes Satellite
Gogo has been the US airline industry standard for terrestrial WiFi. The company has extended its reach to over water flights using Ku-band service that will be used by many of the airlines flying to Hawaii.
Are you ready to pay these 6 Hawaii airlines $15 to $20 for Wi-Fi?
Please let us know your thoughts.