Posted on: 29 November 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Delta Air Lines has announced it will add onboard Wi-Fi to 223 regional jet aircraft operated by Delta Connection carriers – a 40% increase on the number of aircraft featuring the Gogo Inflight Internet service.
Following the completion of installation in early November across all mainline domestic aircraft, Delta is set to become the first carrier to deploy Wi-Fi across its entire mainline and regional aircraft fleets with two classes of service.
Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing, commented, "Adding Wi-Fi capabilities to our two-class regional jets marks another milestone in our efforts to invest more than $2 billion to enhance our airport facilities, aircraft fleet and onboard services for customers through 2013."
Installations of Wi-Fi on Delta Connection jets will begin in January and will be complete by the end of 2011. Customers flying on all Delta domestic flights with a First Class cabin will experience Wi-Fi access, including service on every Delta Shuttle flight between New York-LaGuardia and Boston, Chicago-O’Hare and Washington, D.C.
Delta began installing Wi-Fi on domestic mainline aircraft in 2008, becoming the first airline to announce plans for inflight internet service on all domestic aircraft. With the addition of the regional jets to the Wi-Fi programme, more than 80% of Delta’s domestic fleet will feature Gogo Inflight Internet.