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Virgin America and Delta Air Lines have emerged the leaders in the race to bring wireless connectivity to the skies, according to a new report card on in-flight Wifi.
After analysing the Wifi capabilities and services of commercial flights, Routehappy.com, a site that ranks flights based on their "happiness factor" (Wifi, in-flight entertainment and service etc.), concluded that odds of getting in-flight Wifi in the US are highest on carriers Virgin America and Delta Air Lines.
When it comes to non-US airlines, the same could be said of Icelandair, Norwegian and Etihad.
A closer look at the stats, meanwhile, shows that while Virgin America may boast the highest percentage of flight miles and flights with Wifi and in-seat power, when it comes to actual number of flights, Delta comes out on top with more than 3,500 flights offering in-flight connectivity.
Overall, the report found that flyers now have at least “some chance” of accessing Wifi on about a quarter of flight miles worldwide.
“Some chance” is defined as up to a third of an air carrier’s fleet.
As for quality, JetBlue was deemed to boast the best Wifi service.
Here’s a closer look at how the airlines check out.
US airlines with the greatest number of flights with Wifi:
1. Delta Air Lines
2. American/US Airways
7. Virgin America
Airlines with the greatest percentage of flights with Wifi:
1. Virgin America
Non-US airlines with highest percentage of flight miles with Wifi
9. Japan Airlines
11. Thai Airways
12. Turkish Airlines
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