Delta Prepares Wi-Fi Launch
Delta plans to offer complete wireless Internet service, including access to corporate and personal e-mail accounts, SMS texting and instant messaging. Delta officials say the Wi-Fi service, supplied by Aircell, will work with laptops, smart phones and other PDAs.Delta Air Lines officials said Aug. 5 the airline will begin introducing Wi-Fi service in fall 2008 for its entire U.S. domestic fleet, offering wireless broadband connections by summer 2009. The Wi-Fi service will be installed by Aircell, which won an exclusive frequency license from the Federal Communications Commission in 2006 to offer airline wireless services. Known as GoGo, the service will allow passengers to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as laptops, smart phones and other PDAs. Delta said fliers would be able to access the Internet, corporate and personal e-mail accounts, SMS (Short Message Service) texting, and instant messaging, all of which are important as enterprise workers become more mobile.
Delta plans to charge a flat fee of $9.95 on flights shorter than 3 hours and $12.95 for flights longer than 3 hours.