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Anyone have experience with in-flight wifi when crossing the ocean?


by @karlbecker_com | 5yr  | 13 comments

Iโ€™m curious about a few airlines, but Iโ€™ll ask about China Airlines since thatโ€™s my most upcoming long haul flight.

  • Does it stay connected for the duration of the flight?
  • Will there be any hope that I might be able to do real-time voice on it?
  • Iโ€™ll do text chat most of the time, but are any ports closed on it? I imagine Iโ€™ll use a VPN

Anything else I should be aware of?

Thanks!

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@mikenorth | 5yr

I was just on an EVA Air flight from San Francisco to Taipei a few days ago, and had a pretty usable connection for about 80% of the 14h flying time. Well-worth the price of the 1-day pass.

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@joponzio | 5yr

Hi Karl, i had it once on a KLM flight from AMS to GRU. It was awesome. Was facetiming without much problems. As it was paid, probably few people were using it and thats why it was working good.

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@karlbecker_com | 5yr

FaceTiming from the airplane?! Wow! :open_mouth:

Also, I am starting to blog about my digital nomad travels, and I found something out about Nippon Airlines flight NH 816: while over mainland China (and maybe some of its waters?), in-flight wifi is unavailable. It was surprising!

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@karlbecker_com | 5yr

Thanks @antoviaque ! I will try to get more Lufthansa flights in the future.

To follow up with my original question: China Airlines 777-200ER flight was great for wifi over the Pacific, from LAX to Taipei. Not good enough for voice (as I kind of guessed), but it was on the whole flight, and I was able to push git commits, chat with my team, and check email just like a regular workday.

My flights from Taipei to Sydney and Auckland had no internet, though, so be aware of that (it wasnโ€™t a 777-200ER, either).

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@antoviaque | 5yr

Iโ€™ve had very good experience with Lufthansaโ€™s wifi - thatโ€™s actually one of the reason I always try to book with them when crossing the Atlantic. Itโ€™s usually very reliable (stays on the whole flight), reasonably priced (I think around $20 for the whole flight), and reasonably fast. There is a slight lag due to the fact that it has to go through satellite connection, and I havenโ€™t tried voice (I think itโ€™s against their ToS).

I highly recommend them.

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@psedillo | 5yr

I just returned from Beijing, China and flew on United. I had Wifi on the entire flight both going and on the return from Beijing. It stayed connected the entire time and I was able to text chat without a problem (connected via VPN). As for voice I donโ€™t think this would be possible.

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@joshua | 5yr

Iโ€™ve used Iberiaโ€™s in-flight internet a few times now. Itโ€™s expensive ($40 for 50MB), slow, cuts out a lot and probably unsuitable for voice. Last week I tried it and it wouldnโ€™t work for half the flight. YMMV!

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@gdpelican | 5yr

Air China definitely wonโ€™t have wifi.

I work on planes all the time, but I have to plan for it; I generally will identify some dev task which I can do without looking stuff up and complete entirely in my local environment. Keeping in touch with your team is an unreliable luxury though, and doing a call is not going to happen.

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@etc | 5yr

From my experience, the performance is less about the airline and more about external issues like weather, etc.

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@don_lee | 5yr

When an aircraft reaches to its cruise altitude (36,000 - 38,000 ft), most cumulonimbi are under it, so weather canโ€™t be an excuse here. Itโ€™s probably because there are too many people connecting to the same network which is not originally fast so it makes it slow and unreliable.

Even if itโ€™s fast, I donโ€™t understand why OP wanted to work in a flight, I thought only Obama and Kim Jong Ul did that. I would spend that time to sleep or read a book instead. I would not want to let the next guy see what I chat with my team/client, nor annoy them with phone calls.

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@etc | 5yr

I was told that it has something to do with certain types of electro-magnetic interference, etc, but I certainly donโ€™t know it first hand. Thanks for the clarification and insight.

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@don_lee | 5yr

In-flight wifi is a joke in most airlines which offer it.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr
  • not in my experience
  • almost definitely not, i could barely load a website on most flights, much less do VOIP. not to mention that would be unbelievably obnoxious to do to anyone around you.
  • no idea
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