Delta to offer Wi-Fi on mainline domestic fleet
|8/5/2008, 8:26 a.m. CDT
By HARRY R. WEBER
The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday it will offer broadband
wireless Internet access on its entire domestic mainline
fleet by the middle of next year.
The Atlanta-based company said Wi-Fi service will be offered
for a fee to customers traveling throughout the continental U.S.
The nation's No. 3 carrier is partnering with Aircell,
an airborne communications provider, to install the network
on Delta's domestic fleet of more than 330 aircraft.
The system will allow Delta customers traveling with Wi-Fi
enabled devices — such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs — to
access the Internet while in flight.
A flat fee of $9.95 will be charged on flights of three hours
or less, and $12.95 on flights of more than three hours.
The service will be offered initially on Delta's fleet
of 133 MD88/90 aircraft and will expand to the remaining
domestic fleet of more than 200 Boeing 737, 757 and 767-300
aircraft during the first half of 2009. It expects to have
the technology installed on its entire domestic fleet by
Financial terms of Delta's agreement with Aircell were
not released. The airline did not say how much it expects to
generate in revenue by offering the service on its mainline
domestic flights. Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton said the
airline is considering options for its international fleet
and for aircraft used by its regional flying partners, but
has no current plans to offer Wi-Fi service on those flights.