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Google Offering Free Holiday Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi

By Aaron Allen / November 8, 2010

–  wifi laptop switchThis holiday season, Google Chrome has teamed up with AirTran Airways, Delta, and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011. Google opted to only provide this to airlines that have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi.

Just bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or mobile device and stay connected to family and friends while you travel.

The Holiday Wi-Fi program, which is officially sponsored by the Google Chrome browser, is an extension of a similar 2009 event. The difference here is that the 2009 program included only Virgin America, while this year’s spectacular ropes in Delta and Air Tran, thus getting more Wi-Fi to more people in more planes around the country.

“Not too long ago,” Google exec Sundar Pichai wrote on the official Google blog, “flying home for the holidays meant disconnecting for several hours until you touched down at your destination. Today, Wi-Fi technologies allow us to stay connected even at 30,000 feet above the ground, so we can read the news, browse the web (to beat the long-haul boredom) and send that last-minute planning email before the family reunion.”

“This holiday season,” Pichai added, “there will be more connected flyers than ever before.”

Virgin America, which was the only airline that participated last year’s inaugural Google promotion, said travelers have been steadily increasing their use of in-flight Wi-Fi since the airline launched the service in 2008.

“We saw a jump in the number of guests logging on after last year’s free Wi-Fi gift and we expect to see an increase again,” David Cush, chief executive of Virgin America, said in a prepared statement. “Once people try WiFi at 35,000 feet they rarely go back.”

Delta, which operates the largest fleet of Wi-Fi enabled aircraft in the world, said it expects more than 11 million customers to benefit from the holiday promotion.

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