Upgrd 67: Inflight Power and Wifi

On this week's frequent flyer podcast we have a quick chat about recent award bookings and the inflight power and wifi options for the big four carriers in the USA. Links to the inflight power and inflight wifi choices are below:

  • Many of the airlines use DC power through a cigarette style lighter. You may want to purchase an adapter such as the Wagan Smart AC 120 Watt USB Power Inverter or charge several devices at once with the Kensington Air Power Inverter with Two USB Ports
  • American Airlines: inflight power is offered on Boeing 777, 767, 737, Boeing MD80, and B757 aircraft.
  • American Airlines Wifi: is available on all Boeing 767-200 flights and select MD80 and 737 aircraft. Use this tool to check wifi on your upcoming flight within 24 hours of departure.
  • >United Airlines: has in flight power on select aircraft, the combination of aircraft type and cabin are too numerous to list so please refer to the United page.
  • United Airlines: wifi is currently only available on the United P.S. service between JFK and either LAX or SFO
  • Delta Airlines: has inflight power in first class on the domestic fleet and in the premium cabins and some rows of coach on international aircraft.
  • Delta Airlines: has been progressively rolling out wifi fleet wide. See this recent blog post for the latest numbers.
  • Continental Airlines: power ports (requiring EmPower adapters) are available on 767s while no adapter is required on other aircraft, see the Continental Airlines website for more information on power.
  • Continental Airlines: wifi? Who needs wifi when you can get a not-dog?

I'm sure we missed something along the way. If you have any updates or corrections to the above, please leave it in the comments below and we will fix the above.

Edit: Thanks to everyone for their comments, the above has been updated.



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MHA August 11, 2010 at 02:01 pm

US Airways offered Gogo Inflight Internet on-board my recent flight from San Diego to Charlotte, with a special "FlightNite Pass" discount offer of $5.95 for the flight since I was on a redeye. At that price, it's an easy decision to grab it. (So much for sleeping.) The service was available on my Charlotte to Philadelphia leg, as well, but at full price.

Continental had power, via traditional outlets rather than EmPower ports, two per row in coach on a recent Houston to Newark flight aboard a 757... but no Wi-Fi. (Yes, the turkey dog was a nice surprise.)

Damian August 11, 2010 at 03:24 pm

UNITED has stocked power adapters on most B777 international. It converts to a standard US plug so no need to worry about if it will work on your laptop.. I have gotten it on LHR-DEN and FRA-ORD and FRA-IAD... Just have to ask..

Oscar August 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Do someone knows when is United going to merge with Continental?

BTW check out this issue of The Economist about Mexico largest company disappearing http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2010/08/mexicanas_bankruptcy

HunterSFO August 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I've had power on several 737-900's on CO lately and some on 737-800's. I have never seen an empower adapter on a CO 737 - my experience has been either 120v standard or nothing at all. Nothing seems to be on most 737-700's and most 737-800's I've been on. Have only flown in the back 3 times in the last year and never seen any power back there but CO says some 737's have it in the "preferred seating" section and some in the entire economy section.

Glen August 16, 2010 at 08:05 pm

United stoped providing these Adapters as they are a possible fire hazzard and may harm your devices. All of the IPTE A/C now have a Standard 110Volt Plug (767 and 747 Fleet completed) The 777 will have also PowerPlugs in Economy once converted to the new Seats

Justin August 17, 2010 at 09:37 am

As Hunter mentions, power supply for CO flights do not require the use of EmPower adapters.. at least, the 737-800s I've been flying lately don't require EmPower.

Usually the outlets are available all the way back to the Exit Row. YMMV

Fozz August 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

For CO, it is correct that one doesn't need Empower on domestic planes (737s) as well as the international 757s and 777s. The 767-200s and 767-400s all still have Empower outlets however.

One can confirm the kind of power their plane has by using the Flight Amenities sub-page on the flight status page on CO.com or also on the http://pda.continental.com site by looking up your flight info and flight amenities. That will list if there is power and what kind of power.