Airtran, Delta, and Virgin America are teaming up with Google to offer free wifi onboard from November 20 through January 2nd.
These are among the most wifi-enabled carriers (I believe Airtran’s entire fleet is fully equipped) and the price is certainly right. I’ve come to value the connectivity tremendously, especially on long flights. At four and a half hours I thought the advertised $20 on my Alaska Airlines flight on Friday would be worthwhile to buy myself back some extra productivity. It was a pleasant surprise to see that I was actually only charged $5, even without Google subsidy!
Now, if they’d do corporate sponsorship year-round of free wifi I’d actually switch my web broswer to Google Chrome which this deal is supposed to be promoting.
Still, it’ll be interested to see when onboard wifi is free and presumably usage spikes whether the bandwidth is there to avoid significant degradations of service. Should be an interesting test.