Delta to offer wifi on long-haul flights

28 Jun 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Delta is to add wifi capabilities to its fleet of over 150 Boeing and Airbus long-haul aircraft, with the rollout starting early next year.

The airline already offers wifi on domestic US services using ground-to-air technology, but satellite coverage will now be added to Boeing B777, B767, B747 and selected B757 aircraft, as well as its Airbus A330s.

The rollout will start early next year, and is set to be completed by 2015, by which point Delta will have around 1,000 wifi-enabled aircraft across its fleet.

Wifi internet access on international flights will be provided using “high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites”. It’s not yet clear what price point the service will be provided at, or which routes it will launch on.

Earlier this month Air France KLM announced plans to trial wifi internet access on B777 aircraft next year (see online news June 11), and Japanese carriers JAL and ANA have both recently confirmed they will offer wifi on long-haul services.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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