Initially the service will be spotty thanks to installation delays, but it should be a daily option as quickly as August. All the behind the scenes stuff is done thanks to Panasonic eXConnect, and it will set you back around $11 for an hour and just about $20 for 24 hours—not too bad!
Japan Airlines promises similar speeds to what can be found back on the ground, so it sounds like all your YouTube browsing won’t suffer from endless buffering and choppy delays. After they work the kinks out on the initial routes they'll be expanding availability, as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Jakarta might be on board as quickly as October of this year. After that the installation team hopes to get Frankfurt, Paris, and London up and going by the first quarter or so of 2013.
All Nippon Airways hasn’t figured out all of their pricing and plans just yet, but they’re still confident enough to announce some of their details. ANA is shooting for a target launch of July 2013, so there is still plenty of time for stuff to go wrong or for specific details to change. It sounds like their choice to utilize OnAir for the technology—rather than Panasonic—might sacrifice some speeds, but the OnAir equipment is supposed to be a little bit lighter. They’re thinking that passengers won’t suck up that much bandwidth screwing around with email and Facebook—too bad we might have to disagree.
Sure, there might be a couple different flavors of WiFi from which to choose, but when it comes to connecting on long haul international flights—we really can’t complain!