Delta rolls out Wi-Fi across U.S. fleet

Delta rolls out Wi-Fi across U.S. fleet

Summary: In the not too distant future your corporate VPN will follow you on any plane you fly.Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that it is rolling out Aircell's broadband Wi-Fi access across its 330 planes in the U.

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In the not too distant future your corporate VPN will follow you on any plane you fly. Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that it is rolling out Aircell's broadband Wi-Fi access across its 330 planes in the U.S. and rest assured other carriers will follow suit. After all, if airlines are charging you for luggage, pillows, bad food and in some cases even water inflight-Internet access has the potential to be a real profit center.

As noted before I'm a bit conflicted by this development since the plane was the last refuge from the Internet. Aircell's system--dubbed Gogo--has gotten good reviews and it's just a matter of time until other carriers offer it. Aircell will run you $9.95 on flights three hours or less and $12.95 on longer flights.

Delta said it will roll out the Internet access beginning in the fall and complete the installation by the summer of 2009.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Mobility, Networking

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  • TOO EXPENSIVE!

    Honestly, does ANYONE *really* NEED Internet Access *THAT* badly to pay such *STEEP* prices?

    I don't think so. I can live without access for a day!

    If your boss wants to foot the bill... Fine! It's his dime...

    But, there ain't NO WAY it's coming out of *my* pocket!

    It should be FREE!

    Especially after fully booking your flight and packing you in like sardines!

    Mike Sr.
    • I agree.

      Much too expensive. Besides, if my connection on the plane times out and drops something important I'm working on, do I get a refund?
      rickroberts_mcse@...
  • RE: Delta rolls out Wi-Fi across U.S. fleet

    For business travelers this is a great option for emails that can't wait to be sent. Even at $9.95.
    kbaggett
  • RE: Delta rolls out Wi-Fi across U.S. fleet

    I remember Boeing once had its wireless internet service (Connexion) and a few carriers had it awhile before all of them dropped their service due to low demand. I don't know if it will take off this time...
    It's cool to use the internet in the plane, especially on the long haul. But seriously, how many people really want to be online during the flight other than those who need to use the net for some urgent business needs? In-flight entertainment system is just good enough I think.
    bukim@...
  • RE: Delta rolls out Wi-Fi across U.S. fleet

    Does the access include internet phone services like Yahoo Messenger Voice?
    york40
  • RE: Delta rolls out Wi-Fi across U.S. fleet

    Could be a back door to in-flight phone calls if it supports Yahoo voice messenger and similar services.
    york40