KLM To Introduce Wifi On Short Haul Aircraft

Some links to products and partners on this website will earn an affiliate commission.

Although WiFi qualifies as a ‘necessity’ of life for some, not all airlines equip their aircraft with the required technology. Dutch national carrier KLM offers WiFi on most of its long haul fleet, but the airline recently signed a deal with Viasat to provide WiFi on short haul aircraft too.

KLM WiFi Service

At the moment, onboard (some) long haul aircraft, KLM provides free ‘message service’. With this, you can send free messages on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat whilst in the air. If you want to browse the internet you can purchase WiFi access for a certain time period or for the remainder of the flight.

The airline does not yet offer the option to view entertainment on your personal device. You can read more about KLM’s onboard entertainment offer here.

Short haul aircraft Embraer E190 in KLM livery lands at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)(Source: KLM / KLM Cityhopper)

KLM short haul internet

In Europe, KLM and its subsidiary KLM Cityhopper operate a fleet of Boeing 737 and Embraer 175 / 190 aircraft. It is not yet know which aircraft types will first be equipped with Wifi, but the initial modifications should be completed in 2021 – good news for those flying to Amsterdam from the UK, or connecting onward with KLM.

On long haul flights, KLM offers WiFi on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, as well as on some Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft. The rest of the long haul fleet is expected to offer access by the end of 2021.

A verison of this article was originally published on InsideFlyer Netherlands.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *