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November 08, 2010

Free Wi-Fi Comes to Airlines for the Holidays, Courtesy of Google

By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Web Editor

All you heavy travelers out there can give a resounding cheer for what’s in store for your travel plans this holiday season. Google (News - Alert) will officially be offering free inflight Wi-Fi from Gogo on all domestic U.S. flights starting November 20, and ending January 2, 2011. The airlines benefitting are Virgin America, AirTran, and Delta.

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Delta already offers Gogo, but it’s $12.95 for a one-time fee. Google offered this similar gift last year, but in airports alone. This year, more and more airlines are offering inflight Wi-Fi, so a move such as this one only makes sense.  

Sponsored by the Google Chrome team, this promotion is surely to make many travelers more keen on choosing participating airlines this holiday season. Sundar Pichai, VP of product management for the Google Chrome stated in a blog post, “On the Chrome team, we’re big fans of innovations that make our lives on the web and in the browser better—and it all starts with more ubiquitous access to the Internet.”

Delta made the announcement recently of the conjoining partnership of Gogo Inflight, Google, and Google Chrome Web browser. Users do not necessarily have to use Google Chrome or its services in order to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi in the coming months, but they will have to register with Gogo Inflight services. Once registration is secured, the inflight Wi-Fi will be available for laptops, iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.


Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.

Edited by Juliana Kenny