The American airline Delta Air Lines will equip a rough part of your fleet with satellite technology from Viasat. From summer this year, over 300 airplanes offer high-speed Wi-Fi, but at least initially as usual against boom. Only intelligence services should be free of charge. Free Wi-Fi is in planning.
Free WiFi already tested
Delta has tested free internet access in spring 2019 on North American domestic flux to collect experience. The airline worked together with Gogo Inflight Internet together, an American operator of communication services on board aircraft. Gogo offers Wi-Fi for a stay at various airlines and airport.
That was a first step to the free Wi-Fi in the plane. This is available so far only by a few airlines, and then usually only selected passengers, for example, in business class or frequent flyers. Whether Gogo Inflight Internet was not grown to the free Wi-Fi offer, not betrayed Delta, but with Viasat you now get a competitor on board. However, Delta wants to continue working with both Gogo and Viasat.
Viasat satellites with more bandwidth
Viasat already lets some communication satellites around the earth, which offer different bandwidths depending on the generation. So Viasat-1 is exhausting approximately 140 gigabits per second and Viasat-2 about 260 GBit / s. In stock in the last year, three new Viasat 3 satellites, each offering a capacity of 1 terabit per second, almost four times the Viasat-2.
Delta wants to use his faster Wi-Fi via satellite in via 300 narrowrumps of the classes Airbus A321CEO, Boeing 737-900 and selected Boeing 757-200. Other aircraft should follow. In addition to satellite technology, the A321CEO aircraft also have power controls in each row of seats.
More screens, contrary to the industry trend
According to Delta, passengers are streaming via Viasat videos as at home too. However, speech connections using voice over IP remain prohibited by US law. Despite investments in new satellite modems for more bandwidth, Delta also invests in additional screens at the jerks of the seats. Many other airlines have developed in recent years on board maintenance systems and screens to save fuel. They point out that more and more destinations bring their own devices anyway.
Delta is measured by passenger kilometers (2019) and number of aircraft the world’s two-growing, but after sales, profit and market capitalization the biggest airline in the world. When the promised free Wi-Fi will be available in the aircraft, Delta has not yet revealed. At least for the introduction of Viasat Internet in the summer of this year, Internet access will be charged.