Delta to equip entire international fleet with wifi

25 Feb 2015 by GrahamSmith

Delta Air Lines has announced it is upgrading its on-board wifi on international flights to provide a faster service and expanded coverage.

A third of the US carrier's international fleet is currently equipped with Ku-band satellite internet access.

The airline said that 85 per cent of its overseas fleet will have the technology fitted by the end of this year.

And its entire international fleet, including all of its B777, B767, B747, A330 and transoceanic B757, will be equipped with wifi by mid-2016.

A statement said: "The addition of in-flight internet on nearly 150 aircraft will expand the number of Delta's aircraft equipped with wifi to approximately 1,000 to offer customers the most global wifi access of any carrier.

"2Ku service will be offered on Airbus A330-900Neo and A350-900 aircraft when they enter the Delta fleet."

Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president of marketing, said: "Global connectivity equals global productivity and business travellers want greater bandwidth, faster speeds and broader network coverage.

"That's exactly what they will get when they fly Delta."

Last week, Delta introduced a new wine menu on its routes between the US and London Heathrow (see news, February 17).

Graham Smith

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