Wifi on Emirates A380 flights.
Update, Nov 2014: From this press release by Emirates, (link here) it seems that Emirates might soon have Free Wifi on board! Hooray!
The airplanes I take usually do not have wifi, so as a techie, I was quite excited that on the Emirates Airbus A380 flight I took recently from Dubai to Paris recently had wifi on it.
As an Instagram and Facebook addict, I was very excited. The long flight can be spent doing something I like which the wife thinks I am too addicted and frowns on.
The week before the flight I downloaded programs to track how much data I would use while I Instagram daily. I think it can last me the whole flight if I don’t keep scrolling photos after photos on Instagram. Maybe posting a few photos and posting updates on Facebook.
The first leg of my flight from Singapore to Dubai was on the Boeing 777-300ER, so that plane did not have wifi on it.
The second leg from Dubai to Paris was on the Airbus A380-800. All the Emirates A380 has now been fitted with wifi.
When you board the plane, the SSID is already available, but there’s no connection anywhere.
It will only be turned on around 10-15 minutes after we are in the air. They will make an announcement that wifi services are available.
This screen shot was captured while I was still on land in the plane, while I am still connected to du.
Job hazard, for techies who wants to know what’s the DNS and IP Address.
It’s not as if I can help anyone solve their problem on board. LOL!
The welcome screen.
This is what everyone is interested in. The pricing!
It seems Emirates has priced it quite reasonably!
Before the flight, I read that it’s USD20 for 100 MB, so I wondered where’s this package that I wanted? (Scroll to the end for the answer)
I was testing what 100MB would have lasted the days before I boarded the plane.
They had the option to allow you to stop access when you reach your allowance or continue to charge you.
Create an userid to start!
Surprisingly, the transaction was quite fast!
There! The addict paid USD10 for 30MB of data on board!
There’s this screen that I kept open on the browser on my iPhone to check once in a while how much data I have used.
Since it’s Wifi (and not 3G or 4G), your smartphone does updates now and then. (Eg uploading photos to photostream, download emails, check for apps update etc) To be doubly sure your precious data won’t be wasted, disconnect when you are not using it while on the flight.
Enable again when you are ready to surf.
Click on connect and I was instagramming and facebooking on the flight!
Yes, some friends did reply and I could reply up in the air too.
Most of the time, we were ‘whatsapping’ with family and friends in Asia and Europe.
It works quite well, and it’s reasonably fast too!
Guess what? I did not finish using the data. There’s the eating time, sleeping time, and you don’t really finish using if you are careful in your usage. OK, I posted a photos of our meals from the plane!
Some photos that I posted from the plane using satellite signals connected to the Emirates A380 wifi.
Ya, people say it’s boasting. A techie thinks that it’s amazing how the mechanism behind it works!
Another photo. We did unusual things like ordering low cholesterol and low fat meals before the flight.
The food turns out very good!
Techies like to do speedtest, ping etc.
But no, I did not do these onboard. Not going to waste my money!
There is mobile roaming on the plane too, but I can’t seem to find the provider Aeromobile online.
It’s very expensive! My provider (Starhub) will charge me SGD8.50 per minute for incoming call!
Calling someone in Singapore will cost me USD4.28 a minute.
SMS is USD0.95 per SMS. It’s better to use the wifi and whatsapp.
On the return trip back. I had my Macbook Air with me, and I tried to log in.
I wanted to know if I could still use my leftover minutes, but I forgot my ID and password!
Aha! Now I know where the 100MB for USD20 is from. Only when you access it via your notebooks!
Now I wonder, if you can purchase the 100MB for USD20 and use it on your phones.
It’s much better value than 30MB for USD10 ya?
You know how when we travel on land, our reception keeps breaking now and then?
It’s quite amazing how the plane that was flying at over 900km/h can maintain the connection!
I read online that when you are flying over certain countries where their civil aviation authorities doesn’t allow it, the internet will be cut off. From Dubai to Paris, it seems OK for me. I probably slept through those countries.
|Charges summary:||On mobiles||On notebooks|
|5 MB of access||USD2.75||–|
|30 MB of access||USD10.00||–|
|15 MB of access||–||USD7.50|
|100 MB of access||–||USD20.00|
This post is for those who wanted to find out about the costs of the internet via Wifi on board Emirates Flights. Info current as of March 2013.This article has been viewed