ATLANTA , May 11, 2009 -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced that it has installed Wi-Fi on nearly half of its domestic mainline fleet, making the airline the world’s leading provider of in-flight connectivity. Of the more than 300 airplanes Delta operates on U.S. routes, 139 are equipped with Gogo® Inflight Internet, including the entire MD-88 fleet. In addition, the MD-90 fleet will be complete by the end of May with the remainder of the domestic fleet scheduled for completion by September. Delta offers more Wi-Fi onboard than any airline worldwide.
“In response to the interests of our customers, Delta is the market leader in providing in-flight Wi-Fi and is well on its way to offering guaranteed Wi-Fi every time our customers fly a mainline flight within the continental United States,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing. “We are fully committed to investing in innovative on-board technology that adds value for our customers be it in the form of seat-back satellite TV, on-demand movies or now Wi-Fi.”
Delta made a commitment last year to equip its entire domestic fleet with Wi-Fi, allowing more travelers to use their electronic devices on airplanes to surf the Internet, access e-mail and send instant messages. The airline later expanded its installation plans to include approximately 200 pre-merger Northwest airplanes which are slated for completion next year. Once complete, Delta will have more than 500 aircraft offering Wi-Fi.
In addition to the MD-88s, Wi-Fi is now available on select 757-200s and MD-90s. Service is offered in both First and Economy class on a pay-per-flight basis. The cost of Wi-Fi access on a single Delta flight ranges from $7.95-$12.95. In June, customers also will be able to purchase month-long, unlimited use passes.
On the ground, Delta has expanded free Wi-Fi access to include all visitors to Delta Sky Club lounges within the United States. Effective immediately, access cards formerly provided in pre-merger Delta lounges are no longer necessary to access Wi-Fi networks in Delta Sky Clubs.
Delta Air Lines is the world’s largest airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to 370 destinations in 66 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta‘s more than 70,000 employees worldwide are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com.