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May 12, 2009

Delta installs Wi-Fi on half of domestic mainline fleet

Cost of Wi-Fi access on a single Delta flight ranges from $7.95 to $12.95

By CBR Staff Writer

Delta Air Lines has installed Wi-Fi on nearly half of its domestic mainline fleet. Of the more than 300 airplanes Delta operates on the US routes, 139 are equipped with Gogo inflight internet, including the entire MD-88 fleet.

In addition, installation of Wi-Fi on the MD-90 fleet is expected to be completed by the end of May 2009, with the remainder of the domestic fleet installation scheduled for completion by September 2009.

Service is offered in both first and economy class on a pay-per-flight basis. The cost of Wi-Fi access on a single Delta flight ranges from $7.95 to $12.95.

In 2008, Delta made a commitment to equip its entire domestic fleet with Wi-Fi. The airline later expanded its installation plans to include approximately 200 pre-merger Northwest airplanes which are slated for completion in 2010. Once complete, Delta will have more than 500 aircraft offering Wi-Fi.

Tim Mapes, senior vice president of marketing at Delta, said: In response to the interests of our customers, Delta is the market leader in providing in-flight Wi-Fi and is well on its way to offering guaranteed Wi-Fi every time our customers fly a mainline flight within the continental US.

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