In-Flight Wifi Growth
Virgin, Icelandair, Delta and Emirates and Southwest Airlines offer the best mid-air internet connectivity, a research has found.
14:50 13 March 2018
In-flight WiFi connection is now one of the things that passengers are looking for when choosing their airlines. This need has prompted a number of airlines to provide the service with Virgin, Icelandair, Delta and Emirates and Southwest Airlines leading the pack.
Overall, in-flight WiFi has improved dramatically in the last year. In fact, there is now a 43per cent chance that your next flight offers the service.
Robert Albert, CEO of Routehappy, said: '2017 was another progressive year for in-flight Wi-Fi, with a large increase in the amount of airlines that provide Wi-Fi access, on top of the growing availability of nearly half the available seat miles worldwide.
'The 129 per cent growth of Best Wi-Fi is extraordinary, it shows the commitment airlines are making to best in class systems and we expect to see this number increase even more in 2018.'
Worldwide, there are 13 airlines that offer WiFi on all of long-haul routes. These are Air Europa, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, EVA Air, Iberia, Kuwait, Lufthansa, SAS, Scoot, United, and Virgin Atlantic. However, only 16per cent boast speeds close to a home broadband connection. More than half of all in-flight WiFi have limited media streaming capabilities.
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