Delta to extend Wi-Fi to Latin America, Caribbean flights

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Delta to extend Wi-Fi to Latin America, Caribbean flights

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Delta to extend Wi-Fi to Latin America, Caribbean flights
Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
February 26, 2015

Delta Air Lines customers will be able to stay connected for longer on flights between the U.S. and the Caribbean and Latin America starting next year.

Currently, customers lose Wi-Fi capability shortly after their flights go beyond the U.S. shoreline. But that will change as Delta begins switching from an air-to-ground system to a satellite-based one. The latter allows for connections beyond the mainland U.S.

"Global connectivity equals global productivity and business travelers want greater bandwidth, faster speeds and broader network coverage," Tim Mapes, Delta's SVP of Marketing, says in a statement. "That's exactly what they will get when they fly Delta."

Delta says it will begin installing the satellite-based system on more than 250 of its aircraft that fly long-haul domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes.

The satellite-based system will be installed on the following aircraft in Delta's fleet: Boeing 757-300s; Boeing 757-200s; Boeing 737-900ERs; Boeing 737-800s; Airbus A319s.

Delta also will install the option on its new Airbus A321 aircraft as they begin entering its fleet in 2016.

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