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We’ve heard that free Wi-Fi would be coming for years. Now, it’s rolling out across most of Delta’s fleet with a date firmly set. Starting February 1st, Wi-Fi will be free for all SkyMiles members on more than 80% of the carrier’s fleet. This will grow to include over 700 aircraft by the end of 2023. Delta promises to expand this even further so that by late 2024, free Wi-Fi will also be available on wide body and regional jets.
Delta has selected Viasat as its provider and will be ditching Gogo (thankfully as I find its rates exorbitant). Viasat has been powering JetBlue’s Wi-Fi and they have been comping it for years on its flights. Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, said that Delta has invested over $1 billion to make free and fast Wi-Fi a reality during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today.
This is another part of the plan that Delta executives have repeatedly discussed where they seek out higher-paying passengers. Revenue from premium cabins has outpaced growth in coach and Delta wants to continue to make flying them more attractive with free and fast Wi-Fi to keep them working or entertained in flight.
Anthony’s Take: I’ve had a few recent Delta flights provide me free Wi-Fi. I’m excited to see this roll out across the fleet.
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