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Delta Starting East Coast WiFi Flights
Delta will start East Coast WiFi flights Tuesday, with the business travel friendly amenity on some of its shuttle flights between Washington, DC's Reagan National and New York and Boston. But since the Gogo wireless is only being installed on Delta's own MD-88s, the service will vanish come March when a contractor takes over for Delta on those routes.
Still, it seems likely that for 10 bucks the suits flying between Eastern Seaboard cities will log on in droves. If the effort here is to get people chatting about the fact that Delta has WiFi while other carriers don't, the ploy to trick out these planes first shoud work.
Meanwhile, American took another tack earlier this year: Figuring that transons are the flights on which people will get most desperate for connectivity, AA started its installation of Aircell's Gogo service with its 767s that connect LA, San Francisco and NYC. Delta should get there soon, though: The airline says it will have 330 planes with wireless by summer 2009--and will start outfitting the newly acquired Northwest fleet after that.