In-Flight Wi-Fi Impacting Airline Choices for Travelers
Press release from the issuing company
Friday, September 9th, 2011
According to a recent study, one in fiveGogousers say they've switched from their preferred airline to be on a flight equipped with in-flight Internet. The study also showed that more than 50 percent of business travelers and 40 percent of leisure travelers who said they switched airlines for in-flight Wi-Fi would not fly without the service for their next trip.
"We're definitely finding that more and more travelers are booking air travel based on Wi-Fi availability," said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo's chief marketing officer. "This is especially true for business travelers. We frequently hear stories from business travelers who made their travel decision based on the availability of Gogo on their flights - regardless of loyalty or rewards programs."
Amongbusiness travelersthat have used Gogo, two-thirds say that in-flight Internet is extremely important or very important for their next business trip. According to the study, the biggest reason cited for not using Gogo was because it wasn't available on the flight.
"Wi-Fi on a plane is becoming a necessity for travelers, especially business travelers," added ElDifrawi. "Not having Wi-Fi on a plane is similar to not having Internet access or cell phone coverage in a hotel. And, not having Wi-Fi on every plane in an airlines' fleet is similar to a hotel only offering connectivity in a few random rooms. Neither scenario is attractive to business travelers."
Additional findings from the study include a ranking of the mostpopular activities for travelerswho use Gogo in air. Checking work and personal email ranks as the number one activity followed closely by Web surfing. Some of the most popular activities to do on the Web include accessing news and weather; looking at maps and directions; reading magazines and newspapers; researching restaurants and activities; shopping and gathering information; and banking.
Overall, eight in 10 Gogo users found their travel experience was more satisfying because of Gogo.
The study, which was based on surveys conducted by Gogo and external research firm Murphy Research, asked questions of more than 7000 Gogo users and members of the general traveling population. The survey was conducted in July and August, 2011.