If This Is Delta Upgrade I Want A Downgrade

This post may contain affiliate links from our advertising partners, such as American Express. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here. Some of the offers below may have expired or are unavailable on our site at this time. Terms Apply to Offers. Offers for the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card and Delta Reserve® Credit Card are not available through this site. All information has been independently collected by PMM and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

I’m not sure I ever thought I’d say that. But if this is a Delta upgrade I’d like a downgrade.

Earlier in the year Delta announced a big enhancement for their international fleet. They also announced improvements to their domestic fleet’s wifi system.

Delta Wifi Enhancement

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.

Terrible Wifi Speeds

But on a recent flight I saw no such improvement. In fact, the wifi was crawling along at a snails pace.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.01.21 PM

Bottom Line

This is as bad as the normal speed. I have to guess that this flight was not operated by an upgraded flight. Be on the look out for the upgraded wifi on your domestic and international flights in the future. This flight sure needed the upgrade.

Related Posts

The Platinum Card® from American Express Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed on this site are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. This post was accurate at the time of posting, offer may be unavailable on this site at a later time. For details on current offers visit the card issuer’s site.
American Express® Gold Card

About The Weekly Flyer

The Weekly Flyer writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way.

Sign up for Email || Twitter || Facebook |Tips & Tricks
Hotel Offers || Airline Offers || Bank Offers || Cash Back Offers


  1. If I’m not mistaken, Delta made that announcement 4 DAYS ago, with a target completion date of mid-2016 (which is on the part of the graphic that was cropped out above).

    While that was, in fact, “earlier in the year”, I think maybe you should be SLIGHTLY more patient…

  2. Currently Delta uses GoGo’s uses a cellular technology which has very limited speed. This announcement (and the GoGo earnings call – which is public, feel free to listen) spoke about the new 2KU technology which is MUCH faster but won’t be installed for a while since they have quite a backlog.

    Patience, sir.

  3. I stopped using Gogo some time ago because the price/value inequity. It’s fallen into the category of the airphone with the $4/minute charges. 🙂

    I use them to access the airline website while flying, and their service is consistently useless.

  4. Gogo’s speed is horrible. My download/upload speeds are almost identical to yours. I’ve complained and received credits. I’d rather see them fix the problem, but that obviously is being delusional.

  5. It’s ridiculous on long flights with a lot of business travelers. They really need to address this and hoping their “enhancement” does the trick. #notholdingmybreath

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *