Google knows it can be tough dealing with holiday travels, so the Google Chrome team is giving the gift of FREE in-flight WiFi to all Virgin America, Delta, and AirTran Airways passengers during the holiday travel season. If you’re going to be on a plane between November 20, 2010 and January 2, 2011 that bears the logo of any of the three airlines mentioned above, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll be able to retreat to your online sanctuary for free, thanks to the GoGo Inflight Internet systems installed on the three airlines’ domestic fleets. That means you’ll have access to over 700 planes that can offer you full in-flight WiFi service this holiday season.
If you’ll recall, Google ran a similar promotion last year. To help inaugurate GoGo Inflight Internet service in the US, Google previously partnered with Virgin American to give passengers free WIFi during the holidays. Last year, however, Google gave passengers WiFi access both on the ground and in the air. This year, Google Chrome, AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America are focusing on connecting passengers in the air – that means no free WiFi on the ground (unless your airport already offers free WiFi).
“We are constantly working to help provide a better web experience to users around the world,” said Sundar Pichai, Vice President of Product Management at Google. “Whether it be building a better browser with Chrome or bringing free Wi-Fi to air travelers this holiday season, we are constantly innovating to ensure users’ access to the web is fast, simple and seamless.”
So, what’s the catch? Google is bankrolling the free WiFi offer in hopes of getting more exposure for its Google Chrome web browser. It’s fast and it’s simple to use. And, because it’s Google, they have the wherewithal to fund this kind of awesome promotion.
This promotion will run from November 20, 2010 to January 2, 2011.