Passengers on three airlines including Virgin America will be able to surf the Internet for free during their holiday travels.
Google Chrome announced Monday it partnered with the three carriers to offer free Gogo Wi-Fi on domestic flights, from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2, 2011.
"These participating airlines have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi," Google's statement said, "and we expect more connected passengers this holiday season than ever before."
David Cush, president and CEO of Virgin America, said in-flight Wi-Fi is a key factor with travelers who book tickets with his airline. "We saw a jump in the number of guests logging on after last year's free Wi-Fi gift," Cush said in a statement, adding he expects another increase this year. "Once people try Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet they rarely go back.”
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Delta claims it operates the world's largest fleet of Wi-Fi-enabled airplanes. "Our holiday promotion with Google's Chrome browser team allows us to offer our customers free Wi-Fi as a small token of appreciation," said Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president – Marketing, in a press release.
AirTran said it is pleased to offer free Wi-Fi to its passengers over the holidays, the carrier said in its press release.