Delta Air Lines to Expand Wi-Fi to Overseas Flights

Traveling internationally and looking for a U.S. airline with Wi-Fi enabled aircraft?

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Delta Air Lines today announced plans to expand in-flight Wi-Fi to its international fleet of aircraft beginning in early 2013. More than 150 of the airline's international fleet of Boeing 777, 767, 757, 747 and Airbus A330 transoceanic aircraft will receive the new satellite-based Internet service.

Delta already operates the world's largest fleet of aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi. All 550 of its domestic mainline aircraft and more than 200 Delta Connection regional jets feature Wi-Fi provided by Gogo Inflight Internet.

Installation of the new service is expected to be completed by 2015.

Pricing is not yet available for the international service. Domestic rates for Wi-Fi vary based on market and flight duration. Delta does sell 24-hour passes for $12, monthly passes for $34.95 and an annual subscription for $399.95, according to their website.

"Delta's advancements in technology have been a key component to our improvements in the customer travel experience and have been cited by J.D. Powers and Associates and PCWorld magazine as important aspects of travel," says Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president of marketing in a press release.

United Airlines also has plans to install fleetwide Wi-Fi to its aircraft beginning later this year with a similar completion target of 2015. Several international carriers, including Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines, already offer transoceanic Wi-Fi capabilities.