Which airlines have the best Wi-Fi? (Infographic)

18 Jan 2016

Routehappy has released an enlightening infographic, which shows that, when it comes to offering Wi-Fi on flights, American airlines are way ahead of the pack.

In the Global State of In-Flight Wi-Fi, Routehappy says that 2015 saw more airlines than ever commit to in-flight connectivity and to improving the quality and speed of the onboard Wi-Fi offered.

The survey found that 60pc of airlines worldwide now offer in-flight Wi-Fi in most regions of the globe, with passengers having a chance of Wi-Fi on about 36pc of available seat miles (ASMs) worldwide.

However, there’s a big difference between the US and the rest of the world, the survey found: US airlines offered at least a chance of Wi-Fi on 78pc of their ASMs system-wide, while non-U.S. airlines offered at least a chance of Wi-Fi on just 24pc of their ASMs system-wide.

Unsurprisingly, then, the three big American airlines – Delta, United and American – are top when it comes to offering the most ASMS with in-flight Wi-Fi of all carriers worldwide.

However, Emirates is just behind and it is, in fact, top when it comes to offering Wi-Fi on long-haul routes.

While Irish carrier Aer Lingus also ranks highly for having Wi-Fi available on nearly all of its long-haul flights.

See below for more insights, and click on the infographic to view a larger version.


Woman using smartphone on aeroplane image via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.