What we’re reading: Boeing, Asiana release statement on crash, slow adoption of in-flight Wi-Fi, Christopher Elliott to write for USA Today

by Stephanus Surjaputra on July 9, 2013

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Asiana Airline statement on flight 214 crash
Boeing issues statement on Asiana flight 214 777 crash at San Francisco Airport

Boeing and Asiana Airlines have released statements separately on the crash of Asiana flight 214 on Saturday.

Asiana Airlines will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation of all associated government agencies and to facilitate this cooperation has established an emergency response center at its headquarters.

Boeing extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who perished in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 accident in San Francisco, as well as its wishes for the recovery of those injured.

Slow adoption of in-flight WiFi schools airlines in what works

As airlines continue to offer Wi-Fi, they are beginning to see that demographics, length of flight, and services offered determine the number of passengers that take advantage of the availability of Wi-Fi on board.

So far, consumer demand for in-flight Wi-Fi has been spotty. On average, slightly more than 6 percent of passengers purchase it, according to documents Gogo filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

But usage varies widely depending on the airline and the length of the route.

USA TODAY announces Christopher Elliott to write weekly “On Travel” column

USA Today announced that our own Christopher Elliott will begin to write weekly columns for the paper.

The column will run in print in the Money section of USA TODAY and online in the Travel section on USATODAY.com. In addition, Elliott will be featured in an online video series called “ASK USA TODAY Travel,” for which he will answer travel questions from USA TODAY readers.

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  • Chasmosaur

    WiFi demand is spotty because airplane WiFi sucks. I tried it when it was free over the holidays one year – Delta had some sort of corporate sponsor – it was equivalent to kbps speeds in a dial-up modem.

    Until they find a way to improve the product, of course demand will be low.

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