updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue August 5, 2008
Delta offers Gogo Wi-Fi
Delta Air Lines announced on Tuesday it will offer broadband Wi-Fi access on all domestic flights in 2009, equipping over 330 airplanes with the ability to access the Aircell-created Gogo network. The service will allow data transfer speeds of more than 12Mbps, and will be offered in both first and economy classes. It will give Delta the distinction of being the first and only US airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi on all domestic flights.
Gogo will enable travelers to access the Internet, e-mail accounts, log onto wireless networks and send out SMS and instant messages from their Wi-Fi-equipped laptops, smartphones and PDA devices. Testing is already under way of a faster 4G data network access by the end of 2009, allowing speeds as high as 300Mbps, Aircell claims.
The service launches this fall on 133 planes before expanding to the rest of the fleet during the first half of 2009, and will cost nearly $10 on flights that are less than three hours long, or about $13 on longer flights.