Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Impacting Airline Choices for Travelers

One in Five Gogo Users Say They've Switched Airlines for Wi-Fi Access

Sep 08, 2011, 12:15 ET from Gogo

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ITASCA, Ill., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study, one in five Gogo users 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.

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"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."

Among business travelers that 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 most popular activities for travelers who 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.

About Gogo®

Gogo® is fast becoming everyone's favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using the Gogo exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on all domestic AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, and Virgin America flights and on select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.

Back on the ground, Gogo's 350+ employees in Itasca, IL and Broomfield, CO are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.

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