Delta has launched inflight Wi-Fi on its international services. It is available on Boeing 747-400 aircraft equipped with Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi from Gogo.
Three of Delta‘s 16 747-400 aircraft are complete. These aircraft operate between Los Angeles and Narita, Atlanta and Narita, Detroit and Seoul, Detroit and Nagoya, Detroit and Narita, New York-JFK and Tel Aviv, New York-JFK and Narita.
All of Delta’s 747-400 aircraft will have Wi-Fi installed by mid-2014.
Passengers can access Wi-Fi service with introductory pricing options that begin with one hour passes for laptop users as low as $14.00 and $8.00 for mobile users or a flight pass option, which will keep customers connected throughout their flight, starting at $24.95 for laptop users and $14.95 for mobile users.
“Our customers want to remain productive in-flight and that does not stop as they fly over U.S. borders,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing. “Expanding Delta’s Wi-Fi services internationally is another benefit of the investments we are making to improve the travel experience, and give our customers exactly what they want.”
Delta will complete the installation of Wi-Fi service on its entire international fleet by the end of 2015 including its Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus A330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 aircraft operating on international, long-haul routes. Delta and Gogo are in the final testing phase for Wi-Fi on the Airbus A330 fleet.
The addition of in-flight Internet for more than 150 aircraft will expand the number of worldwide aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi to approximately 1,000 jets including all two-class regional, domestic and international aircraft.
The new international service uses satellites for global connectivity to offer coverage internationally and will compliment Delta’s existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the domestic U.S.
“Gogo has built and operationalized a network that has the ability to provide connectivity related services to Delta’s entire fleet of domestic and international aircraft from regional jets to 777s – almost anywhere they fly around the globe,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “Delta will soon have more than 1,000 planes including all two-class regional, domestic and international aircraft flying with Gogo’s connectivity services.”
Delta operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of aircraft with more than 3,400 flights daily, including its entire fleet of 570 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 870 Delta aircraft, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets, are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service offering more than 400,000 customers per day access to the Internet above 10,000 feet.
Additional information is available on delta.com.