Japan Airlines adds inflight Wi-Fi to Sydney-Tokyo Boeing 777s

By Chris Chamberlin, December 1 2014

Japan Airlines will power up its inflight Internet between Tokyo and Sydney this evening, with passengers able to send emails, surf the Web and stay connected to the office throughout the flight.

A feature of the airline’s newer Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, business travellers also pick up fully-flat beds in its Sky Suite business class with direct aisle access for every passenger.

On either JL772 from Sydney to Narita or JL771 on the return, it’s only US$18.80 to remain connected throughout the flight, or US$10.15 for a single hour of access.

That said, you won’t be able to browse while the aircraft is flying over Australia, so we’d expect the service to be considerably more popular on the daytime flight out of Sydney that gives much more working time, rather than the overnight service home when travellers will likely awake after the connection has been disabled.

JAL joins a number of international airlines offering inflight Internet on flights to Australia, including Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Emirates – which recently kicked off free access for all passengers.

On the domestic front, we could see inflight Internet by this time next year, with NBN Co in talks with both Qantas and Virgin Australia over a high-speed, satellite-fed connection.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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Why does the connection drop over Australia?

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JAL Sydney office siad that they don't have Sky Suite Business Class with fully flat bed with direct isle access for every passenge on JL771 or JL772 at last enquiry yesterday.

The configuration for the above flights for Business class is still a 2, 3, 2 configuration, and there is no first class availble after 28/3/15 if anyone wants a fully flat bed between Sydney and Tokyo and vice versa

Hi Adrian,

The flights changed at the beginning of the month, so I'd suggest that this particular reservation agent hasn't realised that the change has taken place.

The Sky Suites are arranged in a 2-3-2 layout, although there is space for every seat to directly access the aisle (even the middle seat).

Here's how it works:

(If you can spot that gap in front of the aisle seat in the picture, that's used to let the window passenger walk straight into the aisle.)


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