ASA operates first WiFi-equipped CRJ for Delta

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.

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