Delta Airlines to roll out Wi-Fi on some flights

December 15, 2008

Delta Air Lines is going to offer Wi-Fi service to its passengers on Tuesday. The service will be available initially on shuttle flights between Washington’s Reagan National, New York’s LaGuardia, and Boston’s Logan airports, according to a report in The Washington Post. The Atlanta-based airline plans to eventually outfit its domestic fleet of 330 aircraft with Wi-Fi, which amounts to around 60 percent of Delta’s seats flown every day.

The wireless service, which will allow passengers to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, PDAs, or smartphones won’t come cheap. It will cost $9.95 on flights of three hours or less, and $12.95 on flights of more than three hours. Total bandwidth is not as fast as Cable Modem, but it seems faster than slow DSL. The airline is partnering with Aircell, which also supplies in-flight Wi-Fi technology to other carriers, such as American Airlines and Virgin America.

Virgin America rolled out its Gogo Inflight Internet service to passengers on a single Wi-Fi-enabled plane on November 24. By the second quarter of 2009, the company expects to offer Wi-Fi on its entire fleet of planes.  Several other airlines, including American Airlines and JetBlue, have announced similar in-flight Wi-Fi plans.


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