Two major U.S. airlines could soon announce free Wi-Fi for all passengers

Two major U.S. airlines could soon announce free Wi-Fi for all passengers
Remember the old days when airlines used to serve hot meals on flights? These days, the most important thing that an airline can offer is a good Wi-Fi connection. Free Wi-Fi would be even better. And a couple of months ago, Delta Airlines started testing free service on 55 domestic flights for two weeks. The test was run to see what the usage patterns would be and whether the increased use of free Wi-Fi by passengers would have much of an impact on data speeds. And now comes word that American Airlines will be making the skies more friendly with free Wi-Fi of its own.

Earlier this month, air travel blog One Mile At A Time reported (via ZDNet) it had heard from "several reputable sources" that  American will also be offering free Wi-Fi to its passengers. But the kicker is that the Texas-based company won't introduce this until Delta does so first. Then, it plans on copying its rival. Eventually, both airlines could advertise free Wi-Fi and differentiate themselves from the competition. It also could allow them to price tickets higher than competitors who don't offer such a service and get away with it.

In addition, American and Delta might not mind having passengers distract themselves by using their phones during a flight. It would keep kids entertained, probably lessen the demands on stewardesses, and lower the number of unruly passengers. It might also allow the companies to reduce the dimensions of passengers' seats since they would no longer need a screen on the seatbacks in front of them. Smaller seats mean more seats which means more people on board a flight which adds up to more revenue for both firms. And that should help company executives pacify both their board of directors and stockholders complaining about the costly expenditures required for such a project.

But at the end of the day, free Wi-Fi on American and Delta will make travelers happy, the in-flight crew happy, company executives happy and investors happy. And with all of this happiness going around, it won't be long until other airlines add free Wi-Fi as well. But for now, it appears that the ball is in Delta's court.

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7 Comments

3. RoryBreaker

Posts: 260; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

The airline companies care nothing for it passengers, trust and believe there will be a trade off & it won't be in the interests of us

4. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's not free. The price will be included in the cost of the ticket. This is just a marketing ploy.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

"It might also allow the companies to reduce the dimensions of passengers' seats since they would no longer need a screen on the seatbacks in front of them." Seat dimensions won't change because of the removal of the screen in the headset. Legroom and not headrest size determines seat spacing. What a dumb statement.

6. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

AA is a bum of a company. I say that as a frequent flyer of them (My travel to and from 2 of their hubs so prices are lots cheaper usually). Assuming this is true, the fact that AA won't offer something until someone else does is such a immature move. "We don't want to offer something good for our customers unless we have to because a competitor did it first" proves they are scumbags.

8. rroach3753

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 04, 2019

@TheOracle1... Actors are male, Actresses are female. The term thespian is genderless. The term Stewardess/Stewardesses is not...read the meaning from Webster's Dictionary and learn something.

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