How Delta Became One of the World’s Top Airlines for Inflight Wi-Fi!
When it comes to Wi-Fi facility to passengers, Delta Air Lines is one of the world’s largest providers of in-flight Internet. More than 1100 aircrafts of the airline are equipped with Wi-Fi, powered by Gogo. Passengers can access the Delta’s Wi-Fi like other major airlines.
Talking about the Delta Wi-Fi passes, it consists following categories:
- For Domestic Travelers: It starts at $16 and it comes with the 24-hour validity for domestic travelers. It is available on one or more Gogo-equipped Delta flights regardless of the route.
- For international Travelers: The charges start from $28 for 24 hours. It is valid on one or more Gogo-equipped Delta flights regardless of the route.
- For Frequent Fliers: There is also the domestic monthly or domestic annual pass for frequent fliers with charges $49.95 and $599.99 respectively. This will allow the passengers the unlimited access to the internet when traveling on domestic flights.
FREE IN-FLIGHT MESSAGING:
Recently in 2017, Delta also announced that the fliers can enjoy the Wi-Fi facility on-board. This lets them stay connected as they are able to send basic texts via iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger for free. By doing so, Delta becomes the very first United States Airline to offer this service to passengers.
The other details which you need to know regarding this service are that this facility is not required for the complimentary messaging service. Video and photo messages will not be accepted.
HOW DELTA WI-FI WORKS!
Delta WI-FI works upon a variety of signal technologies in order to provide a perfect internet connection to the fliers. Delta is working on upgrading its fleet to use Ku band technology (with an antenna on the top of the plane communicates with satellites in orbit). Presently, the airline is working on a cheaper-but-slower ground-to-air option (with an antenna on the bottom of the plane communicates with existing cell towers on the ground).
The Ku band technology not only delivers a strong signal but also prove much effective than ground-to-air when planes fly over bodies of water. In short, from the moment you board until the time you exit the plane, you can have seamless Wi-Fi connectivity.
Right now, the airline is in the process of updating its remaining fleet with the technology. More than 98% of A319 and 737-800 planes have been equipped with Ku band Wi-Fi plus 21% of the 737-900 planes also.