Delta Upgrading, Expanding In-Flight Wi-Fi

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is upgrading its in-flight Wi-Fi service to offer passengers higher speeds and expanded coverage, it announced last week.

The upgrade is two-fold: Beginning in 2016, Delta will upgrade 250 of its long-haul aircraft with satellite-based technology from in-flight Internet provider Gogo Inc., allowing it to offer Wi-Fi access on long-haul routes for customers traveling between the United States and Latin America or the Caribbean. Concurrently, Delta will support Gogo's efforts to develop the next generation of air-to-ground Internet service for its short-haul aircraft, which will feature faster connections at broadband speeds.

"Global connectivity equals global productivity and business travelers want greater bandwidth, faster speeds, and broader network coverage," said Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president of marketing. "That's exactly what they will get when they fly Delta."

Delta already has completed installation of Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on more than one-third of its international fleet and will be 85 percent complete by the end of 2015. In mid-2016, its entire international fleet will offer Wi-Fi.

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