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Free Airline Wi-Fi May Soon No Longer Be Free: New Warning

Don’t cosy up too close to the free Wi-Fi services now being operated by Australian internal airlines and some overseas operators. A number of airlines are expected to slow their rollout of Wi-Fi and increase passenger charges as inflight Internet provider Gogo revamps its business model, according to David Flynn’s Australian Business Traveller Web news site.

Oakleigh Thorne – CEO of the GoGo company, whose technology powers Virgin Australia’s domestic and international Wi-Fi services as well as those of American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and Japan Airline – has said that his company plans to “eliminate or materially reduce subsidies that we offer airlines in all future deals”.

According to Australian Business Traveller, this is likely to see airlines paying more to outfit their fleets with Wi-Fi.

It quotes Aviation Week as saying that airlines which have already ordered connectivity systems from Gogo could find themselves losing out on the subsidies they had previously agreed upon.

Thorne told Aviation Week that Gogo is “planning to have some conversations with our airline partners around that.”. We’ll keep you posted …

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