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Wi-Fi service in the sky looks set for takeoff

AFP, SINGAPORE

“You can reduce the turnaround and maintenance [of airplanes] dramatically,” he said.

McKinsey and Co analyst Sashangar Sreetharan, who flies twice a week, said that only airlines with Wi-Fi were considered “preferred carriers” for his firm. However, he admitted that although he often worked during flights, the wireless service quality so far has been sub-par.

Sreetharan said he was not sure everyone would necessarily want Wi-Fi on planes.

“Honestly, if the Wi-Fi was better I’d rather have it. I mean that is because my bosses are reasonable and don’t push me while I’m flying,” Sreetharan said.

“But if they started harassing me on flights, I guess I would swap to not having it, I don’t want to be e-mailing back and forth during a long flight,” he added.

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