Posted on: 06 September 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Delta Air Lines is claiming to be the first airline in the world to offer Wi-Fi capabilities onboard its Bombardier CRJ700 regional aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.In a previous announcement, Delta planned to expand the number of its aircraft with onboard Wi-Fi to an additional 250 regional jets operated by Delta Connection carriers. Delta will be the first carrier to deploy Wi-Fi across its entire mainline and two-class regional fleet, a total of more than 800 aircraft.The first regional jet equipped with Wi-Fi departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with scheduled stops in Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa and White Plains, N.Y. All passengers on the inaugural flight of the Wi-Fi-equipped regional jet gained complimentary Gogo access. The first passengers departing Atlanta received complimentary 30-day Wi-Fi service courtesy of Delta and Gogo that can be used for future travel.
"With the addition of Gogo in-flight Internet service on Delta Connection two-class regional aircraft, more than 81,000 additional customers daily will be able to stay connected just like they do onboard Delta’s mainline fleet," commented Bob Kupbens, Delta’s vice president – eCommerce. "We continue to innovate and lead the industry with customer-centric technology so customers can do things such as track their bags, check the status of their next flight, check email or connect with social networks while in flight."
Installations of Wi-Fi on Delta Connection jets is expected to be completed by early next year, after which time passengers flying on Delta domestic flights within a First Class cabin will enjoy 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. With these aircraft and the addition of regional jets to the Wi-Fi programme, more than 80 percent of Delta’s entire domestic fleet will feature Gogo in-flight Internet access. Aircraft featuring First Class cabins include Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Bombardier CRJ700 and Bombardier CRJ900 models operated by Delta Connection.