WiFi becomes more popular on airlines

Airlines around the world are learning the power of offering WiFi on board long haul flights, and travelers are starting to appreciate it.

According to Daily Finance, worldwide carriers will almost triple the number of aircraft that offer onboard internet access in the next year. Offering free WiFi is the most successful approach, since less than one in 50 travelers are willing to pay $5 of more to use the internet service, according to a recent study by In-Stat.

Many airlines are expanding their WiFi offerings. Delta Airlines, for example, started offering internet access in 2008, and is looking to expand their fleet of 730-internet-capable planes by almost three dozen in the next couple of years, according to the news source.

By the end of the year, an estimated 2,000 commercial planes will offer online internet access, states the report.

Passengers, especially those flying in premier classes, often look for amenities on each airline before booking their flight. With the increased use of electronics like iPads and smartphones, internet access is becoming almost a necessity for many passengers on long haul flights.ADNFCR-3467-ID-19933327-ADNFCR

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