Airlines forced to compete on technology level to lure customers

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.postcrescent.com/article...orced-compete-technology-level-lure-customers

    Frequent business traveler Robert Meister refers to the availability of Wi-Fi on flights as priceless. As the owner of a corporate-communications firm here, Meister said he pays $40 to $50 every month to remain connected with his clients through email and other means on US Airways flights to Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. If he knows one flight offers Wi-Fi and another does not, he'll opt for the Internet-enabled flight. "No matter what the price, to me, it is a great tool to stay connected and continue working," Meister said. But Wi-Fi customers like Meister represent a minority of travelers. "Take rates," or the percentage of people who subscribe to Wi-Fi on airplanes, are about 5 percent, according to Amy Cravens, an analyst with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based In-Stat.
     
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    Could careless about Wi-Fi on a plane.....I just want to get to my destination, as fast as possible.
     
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    While I have not taken advantage of wifi on flights I have taken, I can see how it would be beneficial to some... and on longer flights might buy the wifi... IF the airlines would install power ports at the seats!
     
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    I think a decent IFE is actually more appealing to the average person than anything else. Wi-Fi is actually useful to the business traveler, but I bet you most people are doing the whole "posting on facebook from a plane" status updates or checking emails rather than doing anything actually useful. :)
     

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