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Delta recently started offering free Wi-Fi to SkyMiles members. Planes equipped with Viasat offer fast and reliable Wi-Fi across a good portion of Delta’s fleet. That number will reach over 700 by the end of 2023 and over 1,000 planes in the near future. These will include Delta’s Airbus A330s, Airbus A350s, Airbus A220s, Boeing 767s, and its upcoming Boeing 737 MAX order.
Delta used to partner with Gogo, but it was announced in 2021 that the partnership would be transitioning to one with Viasat so that Delta could offer free Wi-Fi to customers (something JetBlue has been doing with its Viasat partnership for years). Free Wi-Fi will be available on long haul flights after Viasat is installed. The current plan calls for all wide body aircraft to feature it by the end of 2024.
It’s taking some time for the new Wi-Fi to be installed on long haul jets and this is on Viasat. The company is currently updating its satellites. The first three-satellite ViaSat-3 constellation should launch in April. Each of the satellites will offer more than one Terabit per second (Tbps) of throughput capacity. These will be the highest capacity broadband satellites ever launched and put Delta ahead of its competitors.
Anthony’s Take: I have been loving the free Wi-Fi that Delta offers on many flights domestically and cannot wait for this to roll out to its wide body jets. United and American charge substantially more (especially American at $19 for a two-hour flight). This is great news and another example of Delta leading the way in customer experience.
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