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Two-thirds of business travelers don't want to connect with Wi-Fi in-flight
Lately I've written a lot about the increasing demand and expectation that Wi-Fi is available during a flight. However, new research from American Express Global Business travel puts a different spin on what U.S. business travelers want.
According to the research, not all business travelers want to be connected while in-flight. Instead, they are taking the time in-flight as a personal break and focusing on watching a movie or reading a book.
Of those surveyed, 35% reported that their companies are willing to cover the cost of in-flight WiFi. For those whose companies do not cover this expense, 38% said that they would be willing to pay for Wi-Fi access out-of-pocket.
However, despite overall better connectivity offered by airlines, business travelers actually prefer to have a break from work while on a long or short flight.
Two-thirds (61%) of the U.S. business travelers surveyed said they look forward to disconnecting while in-flight, as it gives them the chance to take a break and unwind.
"As millennials begin to make up a larger portion of the global workforce, we're seeing more corporate employee travel behaviors that focus on alleviating travel-related stress," said Kevin Carey, vice president and general manager, Global Client Group, American Express Global Business Travel.
"These travelers place a higher value on work-life balance and are savvy about how to travel efficiently. They make the most of their time on the road and maintain their mental and physical health while away from the office."
According to UK-based IFE Services, 3,194 aircraft were fitted with in-flight Wi-Fi at the end of 2012. By the end of 2015 it is estimated that $1.5 billion will be spent by passengers on in-flight connectivity services.
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