Google, 3 Airlines Offer Free Wi-Fi Over Holidays

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    Passengers on three airlines including Virgin America will be able to surf the Internet for free during their holiday travels.

    Passengers on three airlines — AirTran, Delta and Virgin America — will be able to harness 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.