2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of in-flight communication.
JetBlue recently debuted its new Wi-Fi offering, called “Simply Surf,” which will provide basic internet service that’s free to passengers until June 2014. There is also a premium service offering, called “Fly-Fi Plus,” which is reported to be eight times faster than the ground-based systems used by most airlines today. It is a little pricey, however, at $9 per hour. Simply Surf and Fly Fi will continue to be rolled out across the entire JetBlue fleet in 2014 and 2015.
Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines, which already offers Wi-Fi on 435 planes, announced that passengers can now iMessage during flights for $2. The airline announced Wednesday it had launched gate-to-gate text messaging on all Wi-Fi-installed aircraft. The new service enables passengers with Apple devices operating on iOS 5 or later the ability to iMessage gate-to-gate for $2 a day. Android messaging apps will be added early in 2014.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- As the FCC considers rescinding a long-time ban on phone calls during commercial flights, JetBlue and Delta have already rejected the notion of allowing it on their flights. Why? Because it bothers most people who took a passenger survey.
- New data shows that 24% of U.S. travelers will buy a gift at the airport this holiday season as last-minute shoppers use the downtime before their flights to top off their Christmas lists. Or if your the Grinch, it could mean that 76% of people have just been naughty – and aren’t worthy of an airport gift.
- Google Business Photos – the 360-degree tours powered by Google Street technology – are now being used by a number of hotels to help you shop for a room you like.
Happy holidays from everyone at Yapta – and safe travels!