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Delta Will Equip More Planes With Speedy Viasat Inflight Wi-Fi

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Delta Air Lines is installing speedy Viasat Wi-Fi on more of its planes, including many wide-bodies, this year.

The addition of Viasat on these aircraft means they will feature some of the fastest inflight internet speeds around and will surely be a welcome change for customers otherwise accustomed to slow service.

Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting development for Delta flyers.

Fast Viasat Wi-Fi Coming to More Than 1,000 Delta Planes

Delta will equip the following fleets with Viasat Wi-Fi:

  • Airbus A330
  • Airbus A350
  • Airbus A220
  • Boeing 767
  • Boeing 737 MAX (coming soon)

In total, this represents over 1,000 aircraft that will soon have fast Viasat internet service.

Previously, many of these aircraft were equipped with GoGo inflight internet (often jokingly referred to as “SlowGo”), and speeds were less than desirable, to say the least. Viasat, on the other hand, is known to be one of the best inflight internet providers in the market, and speeds often mirror what you’d find at home.

Inflight Wi-Fi is made possible thanks to satellite networks. Viasat is launching new satellites, known as ViaSat-3, that will provide speeds of around 1 Terabit of capacity per second. According to a press release, this new satellite network will “provide a consistently high quality, high-speed, and content-rich in-flight Wi-Fi experience even at times of peak demand, which is critical to Delta’s vision for a more personalized travel experience.”

Delta will soon offer Viasat internet on most planes. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

This news comes shortly after Delta began rolling out complimentary inflight Wi-Fi for most passengers, a game-changer for anyone who likes to stay connected at 35,000 feet.

Delta’s free Wi-Fi is available currently only on aircraft with Viasat onboard — GoGo-equipped aircraft aren’t eligible. With the expansion of Viasat service, more aircraft will be able to provide free Wi-Fi, and soon nearly every one of Delta’s long-haul international flights will offer free internet to passengers.

JetBlue has been using Viasat for many years as part of its free FlyFi Wi-Fi offering, and any seasoned flyer knows how fast it can be.

Hot Tip: Read up on everything there is to know about Delta Air Lines in our full review of the carrier!

Final Thoughts

If you like fast and stable inflight Wi-Fi, you should be happy to know that Delta will install Viasat on over 1,000 new planes including its entire wide-body fleet. The installation will take place over the next year and once complete, Delta flyers will be thrilled to know they can surf the web at high speeds on practically any of the airline’s planes.

About James Larounis

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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