Three major Chinese airlines (China Eastern Airlines, Air China and China Southern Airlines) have been allowed to provide in-flight WiFi services. Passengers will soon be able to surf Internet on mobile devices on flights.
China Eastern Airlines is the first Chinese carrier to provide such services on both domestic and international flights. 21 aircrafts of this carrier have been using the AsiaSat-6 satellite communication system for Wi-Fi services from June 5. It is also a trial for commercial in-flight Internet service operations in China.
Other two airlines also have got permission of providing in-flight wifi services on their flights. With such services, commercial opportunities of social media and data services will surge accordingly.
The Wi-Fi service will be free at the beginning but a charge list is now under discussion.