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November 09, 2010

Google Chrome Takes to the Clouds with Free WiFi on AirTran

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Looking to provide free Inflight Internet to their passengers throughout the holiday season, the Google Chrome browser team announced that it has teamed up with AirTran.

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Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way: It's quick to start up from the desktop, loads Web pages in a snap and its browser window is streamlined, clean and simple.

This promotion will bring free Internet service to more than 700 planes and approximately 15 million expected passengers this holiday season as the three airlines that have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with in-flight WiFi. This season marks the second straight year that Google (News - Alert) has provided free WiFi to travelers over the holiday season, the company announced.

“We are constantly working to help provide a better web experience to users around the world,” said Sundar Pichai, VP of Product Management at Google, in a press release. “Whether it be building a better browser with Chrome or bringing free WiFi (News - Alert) to air travelers this holiday season, we are constantly innovating to ensure users’ access to the web is fast, simple and seamless.”

To provide free Internet both on the ground and in the air, Google worked with Virgin America as well as more than 50 airports in 2009. To concentrate on connecting travelers while they’re in the sky, the Chrome team is continuing that mission by joining with AirTran and Delta in addition to Virgin America this year. Google’s web browser, Chrome has become known worldwide for its speed, simplicity and security, which was launched just over two years ago.

Recently, the company took a new approach to keep the search engine Chrome on the cutting edge with exciting new features and blazing speed. The web search giant has embarked on a risky and experimental path for its web browser. To make Chrome the fastest with exciting new features, Google has released Chrome Canary Build that updates faster than once a week, but comes with a risk.


Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard