You might have read today that our friends in Orlando became the 9th carrier in North America to announce they would offer in-flight Wi-Fi and we’d just like to say, “Welcome to the Wi-Fi Club!”
Since we announced our plans to equip our entire domestic mainline fleet with Wi-Fi last August, we’ve now reached the 50% point, with Wi-Fi installed on nearly 150 pre-merger Delta aircraft. And by the end of the summer, we’ll have more than 300 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft flying border-to-border and coast-to-coast. But wait, there’s more! By spring of next year we’ll expand that to include approximately 200 pre-merger Northwest aircraft.
Let’s talk more numbers…as of today, May 12, there are 211 Wi-Fi equipped aircraft in the world…and Delta operates 66% of those planes.
So while some carriers continue to test the service on “select” routes and while some have announced that their “entire” fleet of 28 aircraft or 136 aircraft will be equipped soon, Delta offers more planes and more flights with Wi-Fi to more destinations than any other airline. For specific information on flights and planes, see my weekly Wi-Fi updates here.
We all like to trumpet having the biggest, best, or broadest (planes, in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi network). But none of that means anything unless there’s real value to you, our customers. The rollout of in-flight Wi-Fi presents a clear value – to both business and leisure travelers. The news releases, PR, and marketing blitzes will continue as more airlines add the service. And more and more planes will be converted to Wi-Fi hotspots, enabling you to catch up on e-mail, shop, surf, chat…while zooming along at 500 mph, seven miles up. For more information on pricing and details, visit our in-flight Wi-Fi access page at delta.com
Isn’t technology great!?!
Sr. Product Manager, IFE