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Even as the mini-crusade about relaxing mobile ad digital device usage on airline flight continues, the deployment of Wi-Fi on U.S. domestic routes is increasing, waiting for a broader consumer adoption. Gogo, the main in-flight Wi-Fi provider in U.S., is doing its IPO to raise more cash to expand and indeed even survive as an early player in the market.
All that said, what’re the current numbers on Wi-Fi deployment and usage on U.S. flights? The startup flight search service Routehappy has come out with a report on the state of Wi-Fi in U.S. airlines industry and some good numbers to chew on:
- Flyers can count on Wi-Fi on 38% of domestic US flights, covering 44% of flight time.
- Delta, Southwest and US Airways (in that order) have the most flights with Wi-Fi.
- Virgin America and AirTran have 100% of their fleets Wi-Fi-enabled.
- By route, flights from LAX to SFO and JFK have the most Wi-Fi, with Atlanta-Orlando the third most connected US route.
- International Wi-Fi is becoming a reality. 38 daily international flights from the US have Wi-Fi. A further 241 have a chance of Wi-Fi or cellular roaming.
- In economy, 100% of Virgin America flights and all United p.s. flights with Wi-Fi have power.
Most American Airlines flights with Wi-Fi also have power (515 out of 541 Wi-Fi equipped 200 flights).
- By aircraft type, flyers can be most certain that they’ll have Wi-Fi when flying on the MD-90, A321 and even DC-9 planes from the 1970s.
- SkyTeam has the most US flights with Wi-Fi, but oneworld will catch up soon.
The full report from RouteHappy, with some great information nuggets, embedded below: