Delta just announced today, that they would be adding new satellite-based systems to replace their current air-to-ground systems on more than 250 aircraft serving long-haul domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes.
Here’s the official details:
Satellite-based 2Ku upgrades
More than 250 of Delta’s aircraft on long-haul domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes will have access to Wi-Fi when they fly over water or outside existing air-to-ground service areas with the upgrades to 2Ku. The satellite-based system will be installed on:
- Boeing 757-300 aircraft
- Boeing 757-200 aircraft
- Boeing 737-900ER aircraft
- Boeing 737-800 aircraft
- Airbus A319 aircraft
2Ku service will also be offered on Delta’s Airbus A321 aircraft when they enter the Delta’s fleet beginning in 2016.
Air-to-ground technology improvements
Short-haul domestic aircraft in Delta’s fleet with air-to-ground systems will be upgraded with Gogo’s next generation air-to-ground technology as it becomes available. Delta’s Boeing 717-200, MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft are slated to get the system and will also offer significantly upgraded speeds.
I’m excited to see Delta making this improvement to their domestic fleet with this new satellite based WiFi. Once completed, virtually every Delta flight flying on almost every route will be able to offer WiFi, something that no other airline is currently offering.