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Delta's Fleet is Hungry for Increased In-Flight WiFi Bandwidth and Gogo Vision

September 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you’re getting bored with the current state of in-flight WiFi—don’t worry—as it looks like Delta is partnering up with Gogo to take your in-flight entertainment to the next level.

Gogo Vision, that’s their in-flight video streaming shenanigans, will be making an appearance across Delta’s WiFi-enabled fleet—which is practically all of their planes. Delta is going to get hard at work later this year, as it upgrades and updates things across the domestic fleet with a hope of logging on as soon as next year. After that they’ll turn their attention over to the international planes, but that’s going to take a little bit longer. Even with an expedited schedule, it sounds like you won’t be utilizing Gogo Vision across the Atlantic or the Pacific until like 2015.

With all this streaming comes the need for more bandwidth and speed, so that’s why Delta is also planning to upgrade and update their system to the latest and the greatest. They’ll be using the Gogo ATG-4 platform that we guess will make things even better by improving user capacity once on board. That means no giving dirty looks to the guy in 25C who keeps hogging your share of the network.

Once Gogo Vision lands on your tray table expect to shell out some electronic bucks, as you’ll be charged for exactly what you want to watch. Expect things to run between $1 and $4 depending on if you’re ponying up for a television rerun or a full-length feature. In the interim, just remember to load up the content on your tablet before taking off.

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Save the Worldport

I'm surprised no mention was made of any effort or campaign to save the historic flying-saucer structure, such as our "Save the Worldport" campaign. A building this iconic and historic will certainly not go down without opposition.

We have already addressed the Port Authority regarding alternatives and adaptive re-use strategies. One such alternative involves demolishing only the 70s "Worldport" expansion but keeping the original flying-saucer as a retail area and use the freed up space behind it as the parking lot.

Or better yet, demolishing the 70s expansion, building a new, modern passenger facility behind the flying-saucer like jetBlue did with the TWA Flight Center, and then demolishing the ugly gray box Terminal 2 and put the aircraft parking there. Delta won't need Terminal 2 anyway since they shut down Comair and most of their regional jet business.

I'm sure a lot of people are looking forward to the wrecking ball, but most of those people are just irate passengers who hate dealing with Terminal 3. Once Delta moves to Terminal 4, they won't care either way.

The saucer may need a lot of repair but then again so did the TWA Flight Center. I agree JFK is a busy airport, and yes the TWA Flight Center has the Saarinen name and was already saved. But the saucer has a lot more history behind it and more potential for adaptive re-use and revenue.

Delta and the Port Authority really need to reconsider destroying this landmark. They might think it's a liability now, but they can use it to their advantage with the right planning and investment strategy.

And remember "...we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed..." -Ada Louise Huxtable

http://www.SaveTheWorldport.org

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