Delta Taking In-Flight Internet Across Seas In 2013

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International love? Delta's got plenty of that. While some foreign airlines have announced sporadic plans to bring in-flight Wi-Fi to planes making the leap over entire oceans, Delta is amongst the first of the legacy U.S.-based carriers to follow suit. Today, Delta's fleet is better covered with Gogo than most other legacy fleets, but that service only works in the United States. Travel overseas, and you're out of luck.

Now, however, the company has announced that it will begin offering in-flight Internet service on its long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft, which includes Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 aircraft in early 2013. That's a huge thing to promise, and it'll certainly light a fire under other airlines to follow suite. The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the domestic U.S. The international service will use high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites to provide global coverage..When complete in 2015, Delta will operate approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft in its worldwide fleet.

No word on pricing just yet, nor if each coach seat will come equipped with a (necessary) power outlet. Hopefully Delta's considering the need for juice as well...
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pedlazo replied on Sat, Jun 30 2012 9:53 AM

after experiencing in flight wifi, i can not go back to flying on a non wifi connected airplane, it is just convenient, i had to fly internationally a while back and i just dreaded it, nothing but the crappy movie they put on the overhead screens

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sackyhack replied on Sat, Jun 30 2012 10:12 AM

The last few flights I've been I didn't buy more wifi access, but browsing (which you can still do for free) on my phone really helped pass the time. If the price isn't too ridiculous I wouldn't mind buying a session for the once in a while international flight I take.

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