300 domestic mainline aircraft to soon have the service
Delta Air Lines has announced the initial launch of Gogo inflight internet service onboard six of its aircraft, the first in a series of more than 300 Delta domestic mainline aircraft that will soon feature the new customer offering.
The inflight internet initially is expected to be available on five MD-88 aircraft flying Delta Shuttle routes between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Boston’s Logan and Washington’s Reagan airports plus one Boeing 757 flying throughout Delta’s domestic system, with service spreading to other Delta routes as additional aircraft are introduced.
Delta joined with Aircell, a provider of airborne communications, to install the company’s Gogo inflight internet service on the carrier’s mainline domestic fleet.
Gogo offers customers traveling with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and personal digital assistants access to the internet, corporate VPNs, corporate and personal e-mail accounts, as well as SMS texting and instant messaging services.
Delta expects 10 aircraft to be in service by the end of 2008. Throughout 2009, Delta is expected to continue to add inflight internet across its domestic fleet, first on MD-88, MD-90, Boeing 757 and Boeing 737 aircraft, expanding to the remaining domestic fleet of Boeing 767-300 aircraft by late 2009.
Tim Mapes, senior vice president of marketing at Delta, said: In-flight internet access is one of the most popular requests we receive from our customers. Delta’s launch of Gogo onboard these first Delta aircraft demonstrates our continued commitment to providing our customers with the options they want and value when they travel with us.