Delta Air Lines today announced it would extend its Wi-Fi coverage to international flights, including those serving the UK.
Delta Air Lines already has Wi-Fi services on all internal flights in the US – over 3,000 a day – which enables travellers to get online when the aeroplane is above 10,000 feet.
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
Now Delta Air Lines will use high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites to get an internet connection to its international fleet of over 150 aircraft, wherever they are flying in the world.
"Delta's advancements in technology have been a key component to our improvements in the customer travel experience," said Tim Mapes, senior vice-president of marketing at Delta Air Lines.
"With our expansion of international Wi-Fi options across our fleet, Delta customers will be able to stay connected throughout their journey."
Deployments of this scale need large financial backing and the cost has come from a $3bn pot Delta put aside to bring its international services, both on aeroplanes and airports, up-to-date during 2013.
The international Wi-Fi rollout will begin in 2013 and Delta Air Lines aims to complete it by 2015, giving it a fleet of more than 1,000 Wi-Fi enabled aeroplanes.