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Delta Flips the Switch for In-Flight WiFi on Their 747s

April 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.

This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.

All in all Delta has 16 of these 747-400s in their fleet, but as of now it is just three of the planes that are able of doing the in-flight WiFi thing. The technology behind this stuff is a little different than the domestic options, as here satellites—Ku-band to be specific—are doing all the hard work rather than an air-to-ground system.

Pricing is a little bit more than that flight from New York to Los Angeles, but we certainly aren’t going to complain. Pricing starts at $14 for hour-long laptop access, and just $8 for the same amount of time utilizing your mobile device. For us—and others—we have to think that going all-in is probably the best option, so go for access for the entire flight. Laptop users will spend $25 for the right to do so, and it will be $15 for those connecting with various mobile devices.

As for the other 747s in Delta’s fleet—it’ll be the middle of the year before they’re all connected and activated.

[Photo: Kentaro IEMOTO@Tokyo]

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