50 Airlines With the Best Wi-Fi, Only 4 US Airlines Make the List

Oct 5, 2018

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It’s 2018, and there are still aircraft out there that do no offer inflight Wi-Fi. And, with airplane seats shrinking and legroom diminishing, passengers could use some internet distractions.

Traveloka, an Indonesian technology company that provides online airline ticketing and hotel booking services, looked at the top 50 most tech-friendly airlines, and only four US carriers made the list. Traveloka analyzed 50 airlines operating long-haul flights and ranked the carriers based off Wi-Fi speed and cost, power outlet availability and ability to make phone calls, send text messages and watch live TV.

The airlines providing the most connectivity are Qatar Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and Virgin Atlantic. These five airlines all offer text messaging, live TV and phone calls. Delta earns a top spot at No. 3 for its relatively low-cost Wi-Fi ($1.17/hour) and free messaging via iMessage, What’sApp and Facebook Messenger. Qatar Airways lands the top spot for having the most amenities all around at just $5/hour. Although Singapore Airlines is one of the best airlines in the world, it landed at No. 14 on the tech-friendly list. Singapore Airlines’ Wi-Fi costs nearly $9/hour and does not have the greatest connection, nor does it allow for phone calls and live TV.

“Staying connected is a key part of traveling,” Caesar Indra, senior vice president of business development at Traveloka, said in a statement to CNN. “For many of us, hours spent in the sky without an Internet connection can feel like losing a limb.”

Top 50 Most Tech-Friendly Airlines:

1. Qatar Airways
2. Emirates
3. Delta Air Lines
4. British Airways
5. JetBlue Airways
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Alaska Airlines
8. Turkish Airlines
9. Etihad Airways
10. Eva Air
11. Oman Air
12. Lufthansa
13. Virgin Atlantic
14. Singapore Airlines
15. Air Canada
16. Saudi Arabian Airlines
17. Finnair
18. Aer Lingus
19. Hong Kong Airlines
20. Malaysia Airlines
21. China Southern
22. Virgin Australia
23. Austrian
24. Air New Zealand
25. Southwest Airlines
26. China Airlines
27. Iberia
28. WestJet
29. Ana All Nippon Airways
30. Japan Airlines
31. Garuda Indonesia
32. Thai Airways
33. Air Astana
34. KLM
35. Aeroflot
36. Qantas Airways
37. Asiana Airlines
38. Swiss International Air Lines
39. Air France
40. Norwegian
41. Korean Air
42. Vietnam Airlines
43. South African Airways
44. Avianca
45. Azul Brazilian
46. Latam
47. Hainan Airlines
48. Ethiopian Airlines
49. SilkAir
50. Jetstar Airways

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