Google: Free WiFi for U.S. FlightsBy CIOinsight | Posted 11-09-2010
Google is joining forces with airlines AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi Internet access on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011.
The campaign -- aimed to promote Google's Chrome Web browser -- marks a change from and expansion of Google's free holiday WiFi offer last year.
Google first offered free WiFi in October 2009, when it contracted with Virgin America to enable free WiFi on every domestic Virgin America flight from Nov. 10, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010.
Google expanded the popular program a month later, offering free WiFi in 47 airports across the U.S. thanks to the help of Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income and others.
This year, Google's Chrome Web browser group got the nod to promote the offer on this Web page, where it conveniently offers users a link to download Chrome.
Chrome has 70 million users for an 8.5 percent market share, compared with almost 60 percent for Microsoft Internet Explorer and 23 percent for Mozilla Firefox.
For more, read the eWeek article Google Dangles Free WiFi for U.S. Flights Via Chrome.