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Delta to offer WiFi on all domestic flights

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  August 5, 2008 12:37 PM

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The airline WiFi race is on.
Delta says it will offer WiFi for a fee on all its domestic flights by next summer. The airline is also considering it for international flights and on service run by regional flying partners, but it's made no final decisions, according to the Associated Press.
Delta plans to charge $9.95 for the Aircell service on flights of three hours or less, and $12.95 on longer trips.
Earlier this year, Continental said it would launch Wi-Fi services, including e-mail and instant messaging, on domestic flights at the beginning of next year. Continental said the service, provided with LiveTV, will be installed on most of its main fleet.
American plans to offer Aircell service on 15 of its 767-200 aircraft, which generally fly transcontinental routes. JetBlue offers free Wi-Fi on one aircraft that generally flies transcontinental routes, and US Airways plans to try Wi-Fi on one Airbus plane in the fall.
Gentlemen (and women), start your laptops.

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5 comments so far...
  1. Do they have power outlets in coach class? Otherwise most laptops would die in a couple of hours...

    Posted by Denis August 5, 08 01:47 PM
  1. Delta does not have power outlets in coach. A spokeswoman says say it does, however, in first class on all domestic 737, 757, and 767-300 aircraft.

    Posted by Paul Makishima August 5, 08 02:55 PM
  1. Will there be a discount for Sky Miles members?

    Posted by flyer August 6, 08 11:16 AM
  1. Delta promised to put in-seat TVs in all their 757s after they discontinued Song. Still waiting for that to happen. Don't count on seeing WiFi too soon.

    Posted by Luap August 6, 08 09:31 PM
  1. Does this mean that people will be able to use their laptops with Skype to make phone calls? Even $12.95 flat service plus about 1 cent per minute for Skype sure beats the pants off what you are usually charged for using the in-seat telephone.

    Though sitting next to someone who was talking on the phone (via headset) for hours would drive most people kind of batty.

    Posted by Dave Von Natick August 7, 08 11:56 AM
 
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