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So, you've got a solid four hours in the air and your airplane is all hooked up with In-flight WiFi. What are you going to do? Survey says: aimlessly surf the web!
Time spent flying is usually considered wastedhours spent staring out the window, hours spent filling in the crossword puzzle in the back of the airline magazine, hours spent bitterly watching some movie you never wanted to see anyhow...but WiFi was supposed to change all that! Finally, with WiFi access in the sky, travelers could keep up with work, catch up on the news or handle internet errands.
Guess what? According to the latest infographic on in-flight web use from Gogo, the #1 activity for in-flight WiFi users is still
surfing the web wasting time! Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Our winner of the 2012 best travel newcomer award has just given us even more reason to love them. This week, newish Singapore-based budget airline Scoot introduced their in-flight streaming of entertainment to passenger gadgets.
If you can remember back when we flew them, we noted how great it was to be handed an iPad loaded up with TV shows, movies and games to keep us entertained on our medium-haul flight. Now, if you are one of those travelers who wouldn't even think about traveling without your iPad or Android tablet, you can get the hours of in-flight entertainment streamed directly to that device.
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Gravy boat, gravy train, gravy...PLANE!
Happy Thanksgiving or, if you're not in the US, happy Thursday! We're celebrating not with a full family-style meal around a table, but with a buy-on-board roast beef sandwich on an airplane, flying nonstop from SFO to JFK. Thanks to the magic of Gogo in-flight internet, we can tell you it's a beautiful day up here, somewhere over Utah.
As we'll all inevitably be thinking, talking, and dreaming about food this weekend, take an opportunity to plan some travel...or even just openly fantasize about a trip in the "you know where we should go?" style. For inspiration, here's a variety of Food Travel stories from our recent wanderings:
Happy holidays from the folks over at Gogo, as it’s time once again to offer up some holiday savings on your in-flight connectivity needs. After all, you will need to check in on your way home for Thanksgiving this week, maybe to see if you need to stop at Costco for that oversized pumpkin pie—all at 35,000-feet of course.
The Gogo Holiday Jetpacks are available in three flavors, and each comes with a cute name and an equally adorable little logo. Up first is the Gogo Turkey 2-Pack. This is available between November 17 and November 25, and for $14.50 you’ll score access to two all-day passes redeemable on any Gogo equipped flights.
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From maple leaves and Mounties to all those Tim Hortons with free WiFi—it’s clear that Canada pretty much has it all. However, it’s going to get a little bit better in the next year or so, as Gogo is set to invade Canadian airspace with their high-speed, high-altitude internet access.
Just the other day Industry Canada issued Gogo the needed license for the country’s air-to-ground radio frequency spectrum, which will allow Gogo to provide their in-flight magic to plenty of passengers traveling the friendly skies to, through, and above Canada.
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Oh Alaska Airlines, you’re such a tease!
The carrier is celebrating its in-flight WiFi awesomeness by offering some freebies, but be careful when you take them up on your offer—‘cause you’ll quickly be hooked. Unfortunately, not every Alaska Airlines flight offers WiFi, but there’s plenty of options where you can take some in-flight internet access for a spin and for free.
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We’re still not sure of the sneaky stuff that US Airways is planning behind the scenes regarding a potential merger—or takeover—with American Airlines, but we do know where they’re headed with their in-flight WiFi offerings.
Officials are US Airways were quick to point out how proud they are of their WiFi abilities, as the travel technology is now available on way more planes. It sounds like US Airways is expanding their offerings to more of their fleet including Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, as well as some of their Embraer 190 airplanes. They’re promising that when all the installations and updates are completed, that their domestic mainline fleet will be around 90 percent WiFi enabled—watch out Delta.
If you’re tired of the in-flight WiFi offerings in the skies above the nifty fifty—like that’s even possible—there’s some new stuff coming from Gogo that might keep you interested.
Gogo—purveyor of fine in-flight WiFi—has partnered up with the Pogo folks who are all about online games. This Pogo/Gogo partnership sounds pretty promising, as it might just give you some time to play a few free games while cruising at 35,000-feet.
First Class Solitaire, Monopoly, and Mahjong Safari will be free for all after just a few clicks. However, they’ll be quick to sell you even more access to games if you want to play something different or something a little more involved. That’s when you’ll need to hand over those credit card digits to pay for your internet access. Still, we can’t complain about the ability to hit up some more sites—and games—for free.
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We have our doubts about group buying sites like Groupon, especially when we're getting emails for discounts on laser hair removal 80% of the time, but occasionally great deals do pop up, and one such sale starts today.
The deal: Pay $39, get $100 towards round-trip flights between Chicago-ORD and San Francisco-SFO or Los Angeles-LAX. Included in that $39 is also a code to redeem for a free session of Gogo in-flight WiFi, itself worth $12.95. The $100 you get can be used to purchase any class of travel...so you're that much closer to one of the big seats in First Class.
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Those shiny metal airplanes from American Airlines aren’t having the best start to 2012; you knowbecause of that pesky bankruptcy and the surrounding financial issues. However, American Airlines is still moving full speed ahead as it looks to grab travelers from all over the globe. Their latest move probably costs some money—they’re giving stuff away—but in the end the bean counters must think it’s worth it.
American Airlines is pouring complimentary booze on all of their international flights, and the in-flight party starts on February 1. Passengers sitting in the main cabin—also known as coach—will get beer and wine free of charge on most flights between the United States and Asia, Europe, and parts of South America. Other airlines like Delta already offer a similar service, and of course back in the good ol’ days of air travel this was always the case.
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We've got bad news, good news and awesome news.
The bad news: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is wrapping up and will end tomorrow, January 13. That means no more fun gadget announcements and breathless product release liveblogs on your favorite tech news sites.
The good news: Thanks to CES, Ford teamed up with in-flight WiFi provider Gogo to offer a free 30 minutes of WiFi on flights heading into or out of Vegas during the CES dates. Sure, that means the free internet access from 35,000-feet comes to a halt tomorrow, but wait...
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These days, with so many WiFi-equipped planes criss-crossing the skies, we definitely think twice before booking flights not equipped with it. In-Flight WiFi is just so...integral to keeping our mobile lifestyle moving, but also it's becoming expected. We're happy to report that someone else joins in this thinkingnone other than the jolly elf himself, Santa Claus.
Earlier this month, Gogo gave Santa the Christmas gift at the top of his list: an upgrade to the newest ATG-4 onboard internet, including the new media platform to allow Santa to watch movies and TV shows while on those long, transocean crossings on Christmas Eve.