To quote the delta press release ….
ATLANTA, Aug. 5, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) customers traveling throughout the continental United States will soon be offered the added convenience of broadband Wi-Fi access onboard the airline’s domestic fleet of more than 330 mainline aircraft.
Delta is joining with Aircell®, a 17-year leader in airborne communications for business and commercial aviation, to install the company’s Mobile Broadband Network on the carrier’s domestic fleet. The system, Gogo™, will enable Delta customers traveling with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, to access the Internet, corporate VPNs, corporate and personal e-mail accounts, as well as SMS texting and instant messaging services. Gogo will be available to customers for a flat fee of $9.95 on flights of three hours or less, and $12.95 on flights of more than three hours.
“Delta remains committed to providing a travel experience that maximizes the time our customers spend with us onboard by offering them even more productivity options,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. ”Our customers asked for in-flight connectivity, and we’re responding by rolling out the most extensive Wi-Fi network in the sky. Beginning this fall, our passengers will have the ability to stay connected when they travel with us throughout the continental U.S.”
To read the entire press release….
Delta Press Release
What do I have to say? It about time. I don’t know why this has not been done sooner. I can go to eastern Europe and get wifi, I can go to remote parts of China and get WIFI, why not when I am on an Airplane. This is great news. No we can help our clients deal with Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server databases when we fly the friendly skys. I see a new company policy, Fly Delta first above all other airlines. No longer does DELTA stand for "Don't Even leave The Airport". Flying just got even better.
Posted by Michael Corey