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Korean Air Will Finally Adopt In-flight Wi-Fi

It was long overdue. According to ETNews, Korean Air (KE), a Skyteam member, will bring In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) to their fleets starting next year.

KE once adopted IFC more than a decade ago, with Boeing's Connexion By Boeing (CBB) Service, but as we all know CBB had failed. Ever since, KE was reluctant to adopt IFC, saying Korean people would dislike such a slower internet, as they are used to lightning-fast internet on the ground. Although it sounds weird, as a Korean, I could have agreed with them a few years ago; not anymore, as Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat solutions exhibit decent speeds.
As the article specifically mentions retrofitting, KE is likely to support IFC on their current fleets as well as the newer ones. They have 30 737 MAXs and 30 A321neos on order, and the article says 6 of the 737 MAXs will be delievered next year. It would be safe to assume that the newer airplanes may have the Wi-Fi pre-installed. They don't really have new widebody aircraft on order (literal…