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Delta Air Lines To Add Streaming Wi-Fi on Regional Jets in 2024

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Delta Air Lines has announced that it will begin to add streaming Wi-Fi on regional jets in 2024, bringing all planes, both mainline and regional, to fast standards by the end of 2024 — a pretty remarkable achievement for the airline. The Wi-Fi will be free, allowing both business and leisure travelers alike to take advantage of the service.

New Wi-Fi Service

Currently, Delta’s regional fleet and Boeing 717s on its mainline fleet offer slower internet that’s not fast enough for true streaming.

Delta is partnering with Hughes to install fast and free internet on the following aircraft:

  • Boeing 717s
  • Embraer E170s and Embraer 175s
  • Canadair CRJ-700s and Canadair 900s

This represents a huge upgrade for these fleets, as customers will now have access to much faster internet than the slower speeds they experience now. The new Wi-Fi installations will also offer Delta Sync, a one-sign-on service that provides personalized content to customers.

Hot Tip:

To access Delta’s Wi-Fi for free, you need a Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer account, which you can create for free.

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Delta will not install Wi-Fi on Canadair CRJ-200 aircraft, as these are set to be retired from the fleet over the next year. Delta is already installing ViaSat equipment on widebody aircraft for fast speeds on longer flights.

This means once the Wi-Fi is installed on the other aircraft, Delta will offer fast Wi-Fi that is free to all SkyMiles customers by the end of 2024. While other airlines have long offered free Wi-Fi, Delta has been able to transform its fleet in a short few years to provide the latest in streaming capabilities.

Final Thoughts

Delta has really taken the free Wi-Fi concept seriously, being one of the first U.S. airlines to offer the highest speeds onboard for all planes by the end of 2024. While other airlines also offer Wi-Fi, you either have to pay for it or speeds are much slower than streaming quality, making flying Delta an easier decision if you’re a business person who needs to get work done or a leisure traveler who wants to watch a few movies.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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