Business travelers know only one thing. It’s only WORK for them
whether on the ground or in the air. For business travelers connectivity
matters particularly when they are above 30,000 feet in the sky on
their flights. It’s important for them to keep connected and fulfill
their official chores of writing emails, answering SMS, doing research
or setting up last minute meetings. And, the crucial role of in-flight
Wi-Fi here comes into real play!
Gogo, a leading in-flight Wi-Fi service provider on U.S. carriers admits
that Wi-Fi is crucial in air, but its uptake is only among 6 percent
customers who prefer using the service whenever it is available. This is
particularly true with some business travelers, particularly workaholic
type, who are loyal users and swear by in-flight Wi-Fi.
Considering the importance of in-flight Wi-Fi, there are many U.S.
carriers who have already adopted the service or are in the process of
adopting it for the benefit of their customers. Major U.S. carriers such
as American Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America, JetBlue Airways,
Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are already providing Gogo
in-flight Wi-Fi to their respective customers.
Both American Airlines and US Airways, who have now merged to form
American Airlines Group, have installed Wi-Fi on 832 out of 984
aircrafts in their fleet. Some 15 of these Wi-Fi enabled aircrafts are
presently serving on international routes. Virgin America is the pioneer
among domestic carriers in the United States to have equipped its fleet
with in-flight Wi-Fi. It was the first and continues to be the only
U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi connectivity on all its domestic routes.
Southwest Airlines has made 80 percent of its fleet Wi-Fi capable. The
airline’s Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 series aircrafts in its
fleet have been made fully Wi-Fi capable.