Delta airlines have announced the future roll
out and launch in-flight Wi-Fi broadband internet access in 330 of their
domestic aircraft in 2009. The Delta in-flight internet service will be
available in both first class and economy classes and will utilize Aircell’s
Gogo in-flight Internet technology.
Costing for this service will be a flat fee
of US$9.95 for flight 3 hours less and $12.95 for flights longer than 3 hours. I have to commend Delta
on the great pricing for this service, when we compare with in-flight phone
calls priced across most airlines worldwide, this will really be a good bargain.
committed to providing a travel experience that maximizes the time our
customers spend with us onboard by offering them even more productivity
options,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. ”Our
customers asked for in-flight connectivity, and we’re responding by rolling out
the most extensive Wi-Fi network in the sky. Beginning this fall, our
passengers will have the ability to stay connected when they travel with us
throughout the continental U.S.”
Gogo will be offered initially on Delta’s fleet of 133 MD88/90
aircraft and will rapidly expand to the remaining domestic fleet of more than
200 Boeing 737, 757 and 767-300 aircraft throughout the first half of 2009. The
airline expects to have more than 330 aircraft complete by summer 2009.
The full fleet agreement between Aircell and Delta will provide a consistent,
convenient experience for customers traveling on the airline who wish to use
the Gogo Internet service.
“The advent of Air-To-Ground (ATG) technology has made
broadband connectivity in the cabin economically viable for the first time for
commercial airlines,” said Jack Blumenstein, President and CEO, Aircell. “The
game has changed and Delta will be among the first to provide an enhanced
customer experience with broadband Wi-Fi access on more than 1,000 daily
flights within the U.S.”