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Routehappy says 52 airlines now offer in-flight Wi-Fi

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Routehappy’s reports  says 52 airlines worldwide now offer inflight Wi-Fi.

Routehappy’s latest report reveals that 52 airlines worldwide now offer in-flight Wi-Fi in most regions of the globe.

Flyers have at least “some” chance of Wi-Fi on 24% of flights worldwide, with US airlines offering at least “some” chance of Wi-Fi on 66% of their flights system-wide and non-US airlines offering at least “some” chance on 15% of their international flights.

Nine non-U.S. airlines now offer at least a “very good” chance of Wi-Fi on more than 20% of their international flight miles – Japan, Emirates, Aeroflot, Iberia, Lufthansa, Singapore, Etihad, Norwegian, and Icelandair, with the latter two surpassing 80%.

Delta offers the most flights and flight miles with Wi-Fi of all airlines and United has the most international planes with Wi-Fi by far.

United offers “better” Wi-Fi on its entire Airbus narrow-body fleet, which totals more than 300 aircraft.

All the busiest US domestic routes (20 daily flights or more in each direction including JFK-LAX, LGA-BOS, LGA-DCA, JFK-SFO, CLT-ATL) have Wi-Fi availability on all flights.

The “best” or highest bandwidth system was introduced in 2014 and is currently available on nearly 1% of US flights

Airlines are also upgrading from Gogo ATG to Gogo ATG-4 on hundreds of aircraft.

Routehappy CEO Robert Albert said that their research into Wi-Fi capabilities among airlines worldwide is the most extensive study that has been conducted.

“Wi-Fi is one of the most sought after, new amenities flyers want to access on their flights, and there has been significant investment by airlines since our last report,” Albert said.

“Coverage is starting to be meaningful on flights worldwide, along with a wide variety of speeds, coverage availability, and pricing models, including free of charge.”

Albert expects in-flight Wi-Fi offerings will continue to evolve rapidly over the next year, with technology innovation and the rapid adoption of faster satellite-based technology

In addition to Wi-Fi being more widely available, the core technology behind in-flight Wi-Fi has also evolved to allow for faster and more reliable connection speeds.

Just 18 months ago, US domestic Wi-Fi was dominantly provided by the original Gogo air-to-ground network.

Today, Wi-Fi availability via multiple satellite connections is growing, and previously slower-to-adopt domestic airlines have leapfrogged into faster satellite-based connections.

www.routehappy.com

Routehappy says 52 airlines now offer in-flight Wi-Fi was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by Steve Nichols
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