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Wi-Fi in the sky
Passengers aboard the weekly direct flight operated by KLM between Amsterdam and Panama are enjoying a new test program that allows travelers to surf the World Wide Web while airborne. In addition to surfing the net and sending and receiving all types of messages, travelers can watch a wide selection of television options. The new Wi-Fi flight began on the Panama route for a trial period at the end of last month.
A “Wi-Fi ON BOARD” sign is welcome news for passengers boarding the KLM flight to and from Panama.
During the test phase there are two tariffs: $14.50 (10.95 euros per hour) and $26.40 (19.95 euros) for the entire flight. Cellular phone use is also enabled, and users will pay the roaming tariff assigned with their service providers.
KLM chief executive officer Peter Hartman states that “connectivity represents an enormous field of investment regarding this technology that is in the development stage. We hope that in the future all of our passengers can be connected with the world while they travel from and to our hubs in Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.”