Passengers won’t pay for more space on planes. This is the commonly accepted mantra and driving logic behind the ongoing “densification” efforts to squeeze more seats onto planes. And, for the most part, that’s proven true. A growing subset of travelers are, however, willing to pay more. Delta Air Lines’ Premium Select will expand across the widebody fleet to capture even more of that revenue.
Gogo’s Got China
Travelers headed over China on Delta Air Lines will be able to remain online with Gogo’s in-flight internet service thanks to a license agreement reached with the Chinese government. British Airways and Air Canada passengers are likely to benefit, too, with connectivity installs on their fleets in the coming years.
Delta invests in China Eastern
Delta’s sphere of influence over other global airlines continues to grow. The latest move is a 3.55% stake in China Eastern. It provides Delta a leg up towards future joint venture operations, should Open Skies come to pass but is not without some interesting quirks.
Delta signs as Gogo’s largest 2Ku customer
Delta and Gogo are teaming up to dramatically expand in-flight internet connectivity options. More than 250 planes will have faster service covering more of the globe. That’s great news for passengers.
Wifi on international flights: Present and future
Who is winning the race to provide wifi on international flights? Probably the consumers, with United Airlines following and Delta close behind. American is a distant 3rd among the major US carriers right now.
Gogo, Virgin Atlantic partner for connectivity upgrade
Get ready for faster in-flight internet service on Virgin Atlantic flights. Gogo’s 2Ku system will be retrofit into the existing fleet. Still open questions on timing, however.
Inside a Gogo ATG4 installation
There’s a lot of work which goes in to putting the Gogo hardware on to an airplane. Take a look inside a Delta 737-900ER as the kit is installed. Hard to believe that the first thing they do with a brand new aircraft is rip it apart like that.
The tale of three in-flight internet services
It is not often that one gets to test multiple in-flight wifi providers on the same day. I guess I can say I got lucky in that regard. Getting to use three different services within a 10-day span made for some good “comparison shopping” so to speak.
A few interesting year-end numbers from Gogo
Gogo released their year-end numbers this week and with them their annual 10-K SEC filing. While I find most of the content of those filings pretty boring I also usually seem to find one or two nuggets of interesting news in there. This time around that interesting bit comes in the form of some details […]
About Delta’s narrow-body fleet “enhancements”
Look for 225 Delta narrow-body aircraft to see updates over the next three years. The move is the latest by the carrier in an effort to upgrade their fleet and provide a more consistent experience for their passengers. It represents the culmination of a multi-year effort to upgrade the interior of nearly all their mainline […]