Delta Unveils Plan to Put Wi-Fi on International Flights
By James Shillinglaw
July 01, 2012 9:20 PM
Delta Air Lines said it would begin offering in-flight Internet service by the end of 2015 on all its long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft, including Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 planes in early 2013. The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the domestic U.S.
Delta already operates the world's largest Wi-Fi equipped fleet of aircraft with more than 3,000 flights daily, including its entire fleet of 550 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 800 Delta aircraft, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets, are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service offering more than 400,000 customers per day access above 10,000 feet.
The international service will use high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites to provide global coverage. When complete in 2015, Delta will operate approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi equipped aircraft in its worldwide fleet.
The expansion of in-flight Wi-Fi to Delta's transoceanic fleet is the latest in the airline's more than $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities through 2013. In addition to Wi-Fi improvements, Delta has added more First Class seats and in-flight entertainment to its domestic product; offering full flatbed BusinessElite seats on its entire international widebody fleet.
The airline also recently completed the system-wide roll-out of Economy Comfort on all two-class aircraft and adding personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all long-haul international flights; updating Delta Sky Clubs throughout the system; and upgrading new terminal facilities for international customers at its two largest global gateways – the new international terminal in Atlanta now open and the expanded international terminal opening next May at New York-JFK.