Holiday flyers on Virgin America, AirTran and Delta are in for some Google bonanza. Further to a deal the company has inked with the three airline players, flyers on the domestic services will be able to access free in-flight WiFi.
Starting Nov 20th, Google’s new dole out will come through. Gogo, the service of in-flight broadband provider Aircell, currently offers WiFi at $11 for 24-hour access, while Google’s give away comes totally free-of-cost.
Sponsored by Google’s Chrome browser team, the give away is most likely to garner all the applause of the holiday travellers on the three domestic flights. The promotion will end on January 2nd 2011.
Though it is the Chrome team that is sponsoring the facility, Google will not insist that the flyers need to have Chrome browsers as they access WiFi. If you are somebody who is going to be on one of those flights, post-Nov 20th, you will be one of those 15 million travelers who would get to access free WiFi while you fly for the holidays. It is expected that free WiFi will come to 700-plus airliners and 15 million travelers during the holiday season.
If you would remember, Google had last year too brought free WiFi to holiday flyers. Google had tied up with Virgin America to offer WiFi at 50 airports and to inflight passengers last year.