Archive for the ‘Airport WIFI’ Category

WiFi at Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Airport SGN

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Kudos to SGN for providing at least some internet access to travelers.

SGN is a fairly small, easy to manage airport considering the size of Ho Chi Minh City, but offers most of the amenities of larger airport Venues.

Note:  As of this writing (Feb 12, 2011) domestic flights would not allow liquid containers over 100ml – the same as the normal standards – so pack as normal.

I’m in the domestic terminal at Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Airport in Vietnam (SGN) and getting a fairly good WiFi signal from near the business lounge with ID “Domestic Lounge” and no password required.    I’ve read that access here in domestic flights is spotty where it’s better in international terminal, especially near “Izzy” ? Coffee – can’t check on that terminal yet – but in a few weeks I’ll be in and out of there several times.

For Airport and Vietnam Flight details see the  Ho Chi Minh City Airport official website

For Vietnam Travel information check out Travel and History, the companion blog to Online Highways Travel.

Changi Airport, Singapore

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Changi Airport in Singapore is a major hub for travel throughout the world, but especially to several other major Asian airports.    When you visit Changi don’t miss the huge slide, a “fun icon” for this international airport masterpiece.

Below are details about Changi Airport information with links to their official airport website.

Passenger Guide

Flights and Airlines at Changi Airport:

Alaska Air WIFI challenges continue

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Tech Flash is reporting that Alaska’s WIFI service is popular but pricing issues remain. They say Alaska’s fee is likely to be $15 per flight which I fear will prevent most users from taking advantage of the service. Although $15 does not seem to be excessive, budget conscious flyers will recognize that a few hours away from the internet won’t do them any harm. I’d argue the optimal “price point” for in flight online services is somewhere between $5 and $10 which are still very high by the standard of free WIFI now available in many airports but represent a premium cost that consumers are “comfortable with” in flight as this is in the neighborhood of the cost of a snack box s and even on some flights beverages.

If the Airlines don’t hurry up I think this market could literally dry up as ubiquitous broadband reaches most areas in the USA and customers choose to take a nap rather than worry about the few hours of non-connectivity between the WIFI at home, the Airport, and the destination hotel combined with their EVDO or broadband smartphone access.

United’s iPOD chargers from Panasonic Avionics

Monday, June 16th, 2008

United Airlines is starting to install chargers for iPHONES and iPODS in planes. This appears to be a mild transition to the real power supplies that many laptop users would really benefit from on planes, but it is a good step in the right direction, especially because other airlines are experimenting with onboard WIFI – clearly the holy grail of in-flight services. As much as I enjoyed watching six movies on my recent flight to Hong Kong from San Francisco, I think I would rather have been computing.

In fact a clever approach to in-flight WIFI would bring targeted advertising to travelers for the locations they were approaching. For example if, as I flew to Hong Kong, I had been presented with attractions and restaurant ads this would have had a huge influence on me. This type of targeting would probably more effective on long international flights than short “family travel” experiences, but as an advertising environment it is hard to imagine a richer “win – win” situation than travelers getting relevant information about things to do and see at a location hours before their arrival.

WiFi in Airports

Friday, December 28th, 2007

This is information gleaned from an old article in USA Today. For more updated information try this Wi Fi in Airports website:

In 2005, and I think still, only a small number of companies control most airport Wi-Fi. Here are some:

Wayport. San Jose and Austin. Limited coverage in Oakland, Calif. Airports: AUS, BUF, DFW, OAK, SJC.

Cingular. Denver, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Airports: DEN, PHL, RDU, SEA.

ICOA/WiSE are now merged



Concourse Communications.

A private contractor for cell and Wi-Fi installations. BNA, DTW, EWR, JFK, MSP, YOW.

T-Mobile. Another veteran hotspot provider with over 5,700 coffeeshop, bookstores, and retail locations, they also offer airport-wide coverage. Airports: SFO, BUR, BWI, GSO, PVD, FSD, TYS, AUS, DFW, DAL, ORF.

Opti-Fi. Full coverage: YEG, DSM, PHF, ELP, SBN, MOB, MLB, TVC, ALB, YQQ, YHM, YQT, JNU, JAC, ASE, YQG, TOL.

Airport’s own WIFI networks: These airports rolled their own WiFi, and deserve alot of props for doing it! OWD, FRG, BOS, PDX, LAS, MFR, YUM, ISP, ASE, SAT.

This list is old and NOT INCLUSIVE! Many Airports are adding this great service – be sure to send them a note thanking them if they provide free WiFi!

High Flying WiFi – the downside?

Monday, December 24th, 2007

This report suggests that on board flight internet might create a host of new problems, leading to “turbulence” of the human kind. I’m skeptical. On the contrary this will be so effective at keeping kids occupied, keeping nervous people focused on other things, and for most of us just turning a few hours of mildly stressful cramped seating into productive time.

Bah and Humbug – bring on the high flying WIFLY ASAP!

AA to provide on board WIFI

Friday, December 7th, 2007

A gigantic hat tip to American Airlines for the decision to provide WIFI to passengers in flight. Crunch Gear reports today that this plan is in the works and it appears WIFI on AA flights will be available soon.

Free WiFi a winner at Regional Airports

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Jaunt is noting how free WiFi is taking off at many regional airports. This even as large airports still try to eek out a few bucks charging relatively large fees to connect to their WiFi networks (usually 9.95 for the day). I don’t have data to back this up, but I’m confident that the big players would do well to offer free ad supported WiFi. I simply don’t pay for the WiFi when travelling, struggling instead to read my email over the Treo rather than pony up ten bucks just to surf and pick up some email for a few hours between flights.

I’m guessing enough other folks do that same that the airports would be far better off looking to the potentially high revenues they could obtain using open networks with some sort of interstitial advertising injected every 5 minutes or so, or even the less intrusive “menu” system where people would browse in some sort of window surrounded with relevant ads. If I ran a nice lounge at a major airport in Concourse A you can bet your iPhone I’d want to run ads for this in Concourse B, and the people I’d want to target would be those who are reading up email or surfing away, killing time before flights.

So hey big Airports, get with the program!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Airport WIFI Roundup

Here’s a great list, from Travelpost, of Airport WIFI at over 200 Airports. Kudos go to the Airports that choose to provide free WIFI to travelers, including these fine Oregon Airports:

Portland, Oregon Airport PDX
Medford, Oregon Airport MFR
Eugene Oregon Airport EUG