Delta Becomes Latest Airline to Promise Long-Haul, In-Flight WiFi
Another week, another international WiFi announcement; however, this one is a little more unique as it comes from a US based carrier. Delta already has the world’s largest WiFi-enabled fleet, but now they’re getting ready to cross the pond. They’ve been in talks with Gogo to get the technology in place for some over the water flying, and now it looks like they’re almost ready to go.
Beginning early in 2013, WiFi will arrive on some of the airline’s international flights including up-in-the-air access aboard their Boeing 777s, 767s, 747s, 757s, and Airbus A330s. There will be plenty of satellites beaming down magical WiFi waves to the planes at 35,000-feet, and this will compliment the air-to-ground services that are already available in and around the United States.
The plan is to get everything finished at some point in 2015, and when all is said and done there’s going to be roughly 1,000 WiFi-enabled planes across the Delta fleet—not too shabby.
For now that’s pretty much all we know, as Delta hasn’t leaked out any of the pricing or other connectivity details. We’d hope that things would be aligned with some of the current pricing options here at home, and that the cost of all those high-bandwidth Ku-band satellites isn’t passed onto passengers.