Delta Air Lines announced Monday it will add inflight Wi-Fi service to more than 200 of its regional planes. The expansion will boost the number of Wi-Fi ready Delta aircraft by 40 percent and will make the company the first domestic carrier to include wireless service on all of its domestic mainline and regional planes.
By the end of 2011, customers on any Delta domestic flight with a First Class cabin will be able to use Wi-Fi. Delta Shuttle flights between New York-LaGuardia and Boston, Chicago-O'Hare and Washington, D.C., will have connectivity as well.
"Adding Wi-Fi capabilities to our two-class regional jets marks another milestone in our efforts to invest more than $2 billion to enhance our airport facilities, aircraft fleet and onboard services for customers through 2013," said Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president of marketing.
Delta finished installing Wi-Fi on its mainline planes earlier in November.
The carrier will start adding wireless capability to Delta Connection planes in January and finish the process by the end of 2011. The planes will use Gogo Inflight Internet service.
The expansion of Wi-Fi to Delta's entire regional fleet has been a multi-year process. The airline started adding inflight wireless service to domestic mainline aircraft in 2008. The carrier's 549 mainline aircraft and 223 regional jets will soon be covered by Wi-Fi, leaving just about 20 percent of Delta's entire domestic fleet without connectivity.