Inflight WIFI Wars – The User Wins

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The demand by travelers for connectability has forced airline to compete by expandingservices to passengers with the latest in-flight entertainment options, intercontinental routes have been slow to add Internet service.  While airlines struggle with models that are either budget or service orientated, passengers are in a win-win situation. For connections over continents, in-flight Internet relies on transmitting signals to the ground. However, the technical difficulties of offering WIFI connections during intercontinental flights are latgely to do with finding a reliably cost-effective means of providing passengers with Wi-Fi service while over water.  The main drawbacks are cost and the added weight of the equipment needed for satellite transmission.

Dispite the issues, several airlines have plans to roll out transcontinental Internet service this year.  Qantas is partnering with a company called OnAir to test satellite-based Internet service aboard flights from Australia to Los Angeles.  Japan’s JAL intends to roll out Internet service to passengers flying from Japan to Europe and North America this summer. United Airlines is reportedly exploring Internet service on international flights. Emirates Airlines says it plans to test satellite based internet service on its A380 double-deck, wide-body jets.

Nearly all U.S. airlines have announced plans to install Internet service and the in-flight Internet service provider GoGo announced that it has reached a deal to expand service aboard US Airways fleet of Airbus A319, A320 and Embraer 190 aircrafts. Delta Airlines is partnering with Amazon to provide passengers with access the online retail giant’s website onboard all of Delta and Delta Connection flights with in-flight Wi-Fi service.

Turkish Airlines travelers can now fly from the U.S. to 190 destinations around the globe via Istanbul while enjoying high-speed Wi-Fi broadband Internet access and Live TV on Trans-Atlantic flights from New York and Los Angeles. All this can only be good news for the intrepid business traveller and dedicated online hungry users.
All users need now is longer battery time, or power connevctions to keep their devices topped up.

 

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