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[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ales campaigns isn’t the only means by which airlines compete for customers. A hot trend these days, obviously, is in-flight wifi connections, with United being among the latest offering satellite-based internet service in some of its planes, the USA Today reports. The service is offered on long trans-Atlantic flights, according to the paper, onboard United’s fleet of Boeing 747. The plan is to extend internet capabilities to its Airbus A319 and A320 and Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 jets.

The technology seems to still be under development. Competitor Southwest has been trying out a wifi service on some of its planes, but has also received criticism for bad connectivity. According to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, however, the service is “98 percent reliable today”, he said recently to travel website

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But wifi service is not the only way airlines use to increase interest in air travel. The boring in-flight tax-free cigarettes, booze and perfumes wagon, rolled up and down the isle for decades, is soon to be thrown out for something fancier: art. At least on Virgin Atlantic’s flights, with the company’s latest idea called “Gallery in the Air,”, reports.


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