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Even Regional Jets Will Feel Delta's In-Flight WiFi Love Come 2011

December 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

In-flight WiFi has become a reality across many different airlines—now including those that fly over the ocean. However, it’s mostly just been for mainline airplanes, so those of us that are stuck on regional jets usually can’t get involved with the up in the air internet fun.

Delta is looking to change that as they’ve got big plans for their regional jet fleet in 2011. The airline just finished adding WiFi to all of their planes, and now it looks like Delta Connection carriers will get access to the internet at 35,000 feet beginning next year.

They’re the first of the major legacy carriers to announce a plan like this, and we’re especially excited to see WiFi added to the smaller planes like the Embraer 175, CRJ700, and CRJ900. We had an especially long and boring flight from Atlanta to Albany where we would have paid much more than the typical $9.95 for access to a little live in-flight entertainment.

Most of the regional jets getting the upgrade will be those that have a first class cabin, and Delta expects installation to be complete by the end of 2011. Let’s just hope that they continue things through 2012 and finish off every single plane that sports Delta livery.

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Lots of WiFi

That's a big regional fleet - Delta's got to be shelling out quite a bit to outfit every CRJ700 & 900! Odd they are doing the Embraers, I thought Compass was on Delta's death list?

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