Delta Air Lines could have free (yes, FREE) Wifi on-board in just ONE YEAR! Wow!

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Love Gate-to-gate!

Let’s face it – we must be internet connected 24/7. We need to be productive when we travel and get data that impacts us along the way. Beyond our needs we have the wants of sharing and staying connected to share our adventures.

Speed? Yes please!

One of the things I really love about Delta is they are 100% Gogo (even though they last year about this time changed the SSID over to DeltaWifi). With Delta, you are still many times getting ground based wifi on Delta jets that can result in lack luster performance. This compared to the simply amazing speed you can get with 2Ku (see this post for a tour of the Gogo plant in Chicago). Also with 2Ku you are often able to connect right away and have gate-to-gate high speed connectivity. I love it. Gogo is not cheap – but that could change fast.

Just published today in Barron’s notice what the Delta CEO Ed Bastian said:

“One initiative is rolling out high-speed Wi-Fi on its aircraft. A majority of Delta planes now have it, but it costs $16 a day for North American travel, or $599.99 for an annual pass. “Our goal is to make Wi-Fi free with high-speed quality,” Bastian said. “It will take another year or two to make that happen.”from Barrons.com (bold mine)

Wow! Delta could be offering free high-speed wifi in a year (or two). That is amazing and I am thrilled Delta is doing this. I can see this perk alone as a reason many will not just choose to fly Delta but to even pay a little more for tickets over the competition. Just brilliant.

Fly Delta – get Gogo!

Now the downside (there always is a downside – right). Will free wifi for all impact the performance? Maybe. Will the free wifi be throttled? No idea but I bet it will be. Will it still be worth it to pay for Gogo if you can get it free? For the few time a year flyer, no, but for monthly flyers it will depend on the speed you get vs. the free.

Gogo headquarters Chicago

Bottom line is Delta is clearly pushing to get this done and done fast. This should make the other domestic airlines very afraid. – René

 

7 comments

  1. It would be easy to increase fares to compensate without it being noticeable. I bet many of the people that will be happy about the change are the same people that complain about having to pay for checked baggage. It seems a little odd that Delta thinks it’s OK to unbundle other fees yet include WiFi in the cost of the ticket. Look out for a WiFi surcharge!

    This isn’t a complaint, just an observation. I’m very happy that I’ll no longer have to expense the cost of WiFi.

  2. Free wifi means slow wifi.
    I’d rather pay for reliable fast internet than a free slow connection.

  3. Shocked to think they are giving up a revenue source. That is not Delta-like. I see a fare increase or offset this move. Also maybe a free slow service and they sell a standard one.

  4. I’m skeptical. Delta charges extra for almost everything if you’re not elite, so this seems out of character. What’s the catch?

  5. There has to be something in this for Delta if they are going to give this away for free unless they are absorbing it or charging higher fares. I don’t think it will affect speed. The new advanced WiFi should have enough capacity for everyone otherwise they wouldn’t be encouraging people to stream movies and music with it, as they do.

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