Delta Air Lines to test free Wi-Fi on flights2019-05-10 17:27 by Daniela
Delta Air Lines will start testing free Wi-Fi service on 55 domestic flights a day beginning May 13. The specific flights with free wifi will change daily, though customers will be notified by Delta if they're on one of these flights prior to departure, either via an email or through a push notification from the Delta app.
Delta passengers will be able to do most things on the WiFi, like check emails or read articles. However, they won't be able to stream video. Delta has content distribution deals with media companies — which allow it to show movies and TV for free — that it can't let free WiFi cannibalize, after all.
"Customers are accustomed to having access to free Wi-Fi during nearly every other aspect of their journey, and Delta believes it should be free when flying, too," said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta's Director of Onboard Product. "Testing will be key to getting this highly complex program right — this takes a lot more creativity, investment and planning to bring to life than a simple flip of a switch."
The company's current Wi-Fi plans start with a 24-hour pass for $16 if purchased prior to boarding the flight. It also offers monthly and annual internet passes.
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