La Compagnie’s Industry Leading Inflight Wifi

Filed Under: La Compagnie, Travel Technology

Inflight wifi is a feature I value greatly. It’s how I’m able to spend most of the week above the Atlantic while pumping out nearly a dozen blog posts per day. šŸ˜‰

It’s amazing how far inflight wifi has come — first inflight wifi was really slow, then it got faster, and now we’re seeing innovation when it comes to pricing.

Well, I just flew La Compagnie’s new A321neo from Paris to Newark. For those of you not familiar with La Compagnie, they’re an all business class airline that now has two 76 seat A321neos (previously they flew 757s). The new product is a massive improvement over the old one, but I’ll get to that full review soon.

In this post I specifically wanted to call out the aspect of the experience that impressed me most.

La Compagnie has unlimited, free high speed wifi across the Atlantic. Wow, wow, wow. They use Viasat, and the speeds were nearly as good as you’d find on the ground — I was able to stream entertainment, upload hundreds of pictures in WordPress, and more.

It’s not just that wifi was free and fast, but you could connect on an unlimited number of devices with just two clicks — you just had to select your language and agree to the terms.

There were just a couple of very brief gaps in service, but wifi worked for 95%+ of the flight.

Bottom Line

Previously I would have said that JetBlue was the best airline in the world for wifi, though somehow I’m more impressed by La Compagnie, because having wifi across the Atlantic is more of a novelty than having it on a domestic flight (though it is becoming increasingly common).

When La Compagnie announced they’d have free wifi on their A321neos I was skeptical, thinking they’d choose a slow provider, limit data, etc.

Instead they offer truly unlimited high speed wifi that’s easy to connect to from as many devices as your heart desires.

That’s business class wifi on a whole new level, in my opinion. While some airlines now offer free wifi in premium cabins, it almost always comes with data caps or limits on how many devices you can connect with.

Well done, La Compagnie. Very, very well done.

Comments
  1. Did you know a JetBlue now has planes (and is retrofitting the entire fleet) that offer their free WiFi not only domestically but over their entire route network as well? On an unlimited number of devices.

  2. jetBlue will have transatlantic wifi as well. I don’t have sources but that’s a safe bet.
    Since the ViaSat-2 satellite coverage includes the Atlantic Ocean.
    France is not in the coverage so I don’t know if the gate-to-gate Wi-Fi is available.

  3. The very brief gaps happen when the plane crosses to another band since one satellite could only cover a certain portion.

  4. Air New Zealand does the same. Full speed (10mbit+) wifi that’s free for everyone on the plane. In fact I’m writing this from SFO-AKL. They advertised it heavily and the speeds don’t really suffer even with nearly 300 pax onboard.

  5. Hello Ben, thanks for all posted reviews, very much interesting.
    Back to La Compagnie’s Wifi, it seems to me obvious that its cost is embeeded in your $1,600 roundtrip ticket… Providing connectivity at 36000ft is not free, in any case somebody needs to pay for it (airline, sponsor or end user), but it looks like la Compagnie did it well in packaging its Business Class product. I’ll try it as soon as possible! Best, Christian

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