Posted on: 07 September 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Delta Air Lines claims to be the first airline in the world to provide inflight internet service onboard its regional aircraft with the launch flight of a Gogo WiFi-equipped Bombardier CRJ700 operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Delta had previously announced its plan to expand the number of Delta aircraft – which currently includes its entire domestic fleet of more than 550 aircraft – with onboard WiFi to an additional 250 regional jets operated by Delta Connection carriers. Delta will be the first carrier to deploy WiFi across its entire mainline and two-class regional fleet, a total of more than 800 aircraft.
The first RJ equipped with Gogo WiFi departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with scheduled stops in Omaha, Des Moines and White Plains throughout the day. 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 inflight 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," explained Bob Kupbens, Delta’s vice-president – eCommerce.
Installations of WiFi on Delta Connection jets will be completed by early 2012. Once complete, all customers flying on Delta domestic flights with a first class cabin will enjoy WiFi access, including service on every Delta Shuttle flight between New York–LaGuardia and Boston, Chicago-O’Hare and Washington, DC.