Airlines are rolling out Wi-Fi to their planes as fast as they can, so you — the flyer — can get online. But many of them can’t tell you whether your flight will have Wi-Fi when you book.
At Routehappy, we track which airlines and planes (down to the different sub-type variants of each kind of plane) have Wi-Fi so that we could tell you whether your flight will be connected. We think that’s part of what makes a happier flight.
We predicted it was going to be a big data job — and it was — but we now have the world’s most in-depth and updated database of inflight Wi-Fi ever created.
And we use it to help you pick a Wi-Fi-enabled flight if you want one. Overwhelmingly, flyers tell us (and anyone else who’ll listen) that they value inflight Wi-Fi. People like being connected for work, leisure and travel purposes.
- Get to Inbox Zero, find out whether you have to solve a work problem as soon as you land, or even start fixing it while you’re still in the air.
- Update your family and Facebook friends on that funny thing that happened in the airport, or Instagram that gorgeous sunset from out your plane window.
- Let your other half know that your flight’s on time, ask them to pick you up some lunch for the car, or make a surprise dinner reservation at your favorite spot.
We live in a connected world now, and flyers increasingly want to be connected en route to their destination. That’s why they want flights with Wi-Fi.
That’s especially true in the US, where our population density means that air-to-ground connectivity is possible. That’s the kind of Wi-Fi where cellphone towers point upwards to planes criss-crossing the country. It’s roughly the speed of a cellphone data connection — but shared between the plane. So, fast enough to do your basic business online.
Satellite connectivity, chosen by some airlines instead of (or alongside) air-to-ground networks, has hit a speedbump along the road to connectivity: federal regulators want to make sure that the hump on top of the plane that contains the big antenna will withstand a birdstrike.
That’s slowed some airlines down in outfitting their fleets. But don’t worry — you don’t need to track the rollouts, since Routehappy has you covered.
And we’re the only flight search site to let you know when you’ll find Wi-Fi internationally, too. Dozens of international flights from the US now have connectivity. We’ll help you find them.
We’ll even tell you what the situation is when we can’t be certain, so you can make the best decision for your flight.
We do the work of figuring out where there’s Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to.
Try it out: find a flight with Wi-Fi right now!