Delta has announced an agreement with Gogo to upgrade its in-flight Wi-Fi service with broadband speeds and expanded coverage area.
The upgrades will extend Wi-Fi access beyond North America for customers traveling between the U. S. and Latin America or the Caribbean. Gogo will begin updating Delta's long-haul domestic aircraft currently using air-to-ground technology with satellite-based technology starting in 2016.
In addition, Delta will support Gogo's efforts to develop the industry's newest technology with Gogo's next generation air-to-ground service for its short-haul aircraft, which will offer faster connection at broadband speeds.
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.
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.
Delta has completed installation of Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on more than one-third of its international fleet and will be 85 percent complete by the end of 2015. In mid-2016, its entire international fleet, including all of its Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus A330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 aircraft operating on long-haul routes will offer Wi-Fi. The addition of in-flight Internet on nearly 150 aircraft will expand the number of Delta's aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi to approximately 1,000. 2Ku service will be offered on Airbus A330-900Neo and A350-900 aircraft when they enter the Delta fleet.
Customers can access free and paid streaming entertainment options through Delta Studio on any of Delta's Wi-Fi-equipped domestic flights using their own portable electronic devices. With expanded connectivity options, Delta Studio will be available on Caribbean and Latin American routes operated by domestic aircraft. Delta Studio was introduced in 2014 and has a new customer portal with improved navigation for accessing entertainment options. Customers in First Class and Economy Comfort receive complimentary access to premium content while customers in the Economy have access to a wide selection of complimentary entertainment.