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Emirates OnAir Wifi

Can you believe it? WiFi internet at 40,000 feet, onboard an Emirates flight between Dubai and England.

Emirates offer 10MB of data for free or you can pay $1 ( 0.80 GBP ) for 500MB. An amazingly priced deal which is cheaper than mobile data on the ground!

You do need a little patience because the signal comes and goes and overall it's a pretty slow experience. But being able to chat with friends and family and read the news and browse forums is pretty awesome and makes longer flights a bit more tolerable.

I love that we've gone from 'Please turn all electronic devices off' to 'We have onboard wifi!'. Congrats to Emirates 🙂

I believe some other airlines also offer OnAir WiFi but Emirates was the first airline I tried it with.

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40 Comments

  1. xhappy _

    January 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    that download speed is my daily speed test result for mt download and upload speed.. and we paid 999 and promised upto 3 Mbps speed..

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 5:34 am

      lol imagine that, on a plane moving along at 600 MPH as well!!

    • xhappy _

      January 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

      wow

  2. xhappy _

    January 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    are you on Emirates A380?

    • Mahi

      April 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      yeah you can that the stairs are behind him

  3. snap213

    January 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    just wow!

  4. evoGage

    January 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    $1 for 500mb isn’t that bad at all!

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 5:36 am

      You’ll struggle to use all that data because it’s not very stable. But I’m still amazed at having any kind of internet connection on a plane and very very happy with the pricing.

    • Sky Arsenal

      March 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      im be using it to snapchat 🙂

  5. RedBlura Guard

    January 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    you can actually take a hot shower on a Emirates plane

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 5:36 am

      If you’re in first class, yeah. Not for us commoners 😛

  6. Bulalo -

    January 20, 2017 at 1:07 am

    I think the speed is decent if you consider the possibility that a lot of people on the plane are using it.

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

      You can actually see how many people are connected and it averaged 30-50 which seemed pretty low but they must be active. Because if you put your phone to sleep, you get disconnected pretty quickly and have to sign in again.

  7. Daniel Ramirez

    January 20, 2017 at 6:25 am

    share that internet with Bluetooth.

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Good idea! Although to be honest, I think $1 per device is very fair so I’d probably just pay the extra $1.

  8. Alex MC

    January 20, 2017 at 8:24 am

    It’s crazy that we are sitting on a pressurized Metal can at 40,000 feet and can actually eat,sleep and can use the bathroom.Yet,people are still complaining about no Wi-Fi.People need to be grateful lol

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

      lol I prefer not to think about the magic required to make a plane fly. Yes there’s science but there’s also some wizard magic mixed in. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone complaining there’s no WIFI on a plane. Everyone I told about this was absolutely amazed that it exists, including me 😀

    • Alex MC

      January 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

      +Gadget Addict probably me myself that complains about the no Wi-Fi 😂

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 8:35 am

      lol!

  9. LuisJW1998

    January 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    ltt made a tech quicky episode on this and it was really cool watching this makes me question the “why is plane wifi so slow” title. since it dosn’t seem like its that bad (based on your video that is)

    • Gadget Addict

      January 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      I just checked out his video now. Kinda interesting I guess. But personally I’m amazed to get any kind of useful internet connection on a plane.

    • LuisJW1998

      January 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Gadget Addict yeah it really is amazing … im not absolutely sure since i have no practical experience and am basing it completely on what my COM/NAV instructor told me. but it operates under the same principal as ACARS only instead of a receiver on ground and a transmitter on the plane there is a transceiver on both and processing is split between them … the biggest limitation i think is that you only have one antenna for it and chances are its not even dedicated for just wifi

  10. I Wear A Fez Now

    January 23, 2017 at 10:57 am

    What lav mic is that?

    • Gadget Addict

      January 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

      It’s the Rode SmartLav+ recording straight to my iPhone 🙂

  11. Mhel Aproda

    February 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    i have not tried that 10 mb when i got my flight with Emirates from Dubai to the Philippines 2 years ago.Anyway i like EMIRATES airlines and QATAR AIRWAYS compared to Oman Air.

  12. Sky Arsenal

    March 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    fantastic video with lots of info thank you

  13. Andrew Christiansen

    June 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    PAL also has OnAir and they charge by time. I remember it was $5 for 15 minutes. What a ripoff!

    • Gadget Addict

      June 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Yikes, way too expensive! Personally I don’t like the direction PAL is going. They kinda steamed ahead making a name for themselves as a premium / semi-premium airline and then threw it all away by ramping up prices and reducing quality.

  14. Noh-mee zu

    June 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

    How can you pay for the 500mb? Only by credit card or is PayPal also accepted?

    • Gadget Addict

      June 5, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Only by credit or debit card.

  15. sak Gi

    June 23, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    if this wifi will still connected if you are not in economy class? because 2yrs ago iwas a emirates plane but the wifi is open but not working pls answer?!!!!

    • Gadget Addict

      June 24, 2017 at 12:35 am

      +sak Gi it’s throughout the plane, regardless of class. If the wifi isn’t working you need to tell the flight staff so they can fix it.

  16. Lukas Lindemann

    August 5, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for the great video, i will be flying on emirates soon. is it always $1 for 500mb or was this only a limited time offer? also what do you need to purchase it?

    • Gadget Addict

      August 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

      As far as I know, that’s the normal price, it’s not a promo or limited time thing. You just need a Visa/Mastercard 🙂

    • Lukas Lindemann

      August 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Gadget Addict that’s great then! Thank you very much for your reply

  17. Othman Chaouki

    August 8, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Hi, I heard that you can only pay by credit/debit card, so no cash allowed right? I also heard that you get 20Mb for free, but how long does it last? cos on their website they said “within the first two hours of the flight”…

    • Gadget Addict

      August 8, 2017 at 5:20 am

      +Othman Chaouki correct you need a credit or debit card. No cash payments. You will consume the free 20MB very quickly, it’s not a lot of data.

  18. crack n crackle

    August 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    10 mb lol

  19. Ali Akan

    August 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    turkish airlines give u 300 ping with about 5 mb on full plane

  20. Jason Figueroa

    December 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Hi, do you remember the URL address to put on Safari to access the on air wi fi? As my past two flights with Emirates I had some difficulties in connecting to the both the paid and free wi fi service (my phone would connect via the wi fi settings but nothing else would happen)

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