Delta Set To Launch In-Flight BroadbandBy: Mike Sachoff - August 5, 2008
Delta Air Lines announced today that it will offer broadband Wi-Fi access onboard the airline’s domestic fleet.
Delta has partnered with Aircell to install the company’s Mobile Broadband Network on the carrier’s domestic fleet. The system, Gogo, will allow Delta passengers traveling with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs to access the Internet. The service will be available to customers for $9.95 on flights of three hours or less, and $12.95 on flights more than three hours.
Gogo will be initially rolled out on Delta’s MD88/90 planes and will expand to the remaining fleet of Boeing 737, 757 and 767-300 aircraft in the first half of 2009. Delta says Gogo will be available on 330 aircraft by the summer of 2009.
Aircell paid $31.3 million at a Federal Communications Commission auction in 2006 for the radio frequency previously used for air-phone service. The company does not provide voice service over the Internet and Delta said phone conversations are banned in flight.
"Our customers asked for in-flight connectivity, and we’re responding by rolling out the most extensive Wi-Fi network in the sky," said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. "Beginning this fall, our passengers will have the ability to stay connected when they travel with us throughout the continental U.S."