Delta to test free in-flight Wi-Fi this month


Delta Air Lines is preparing to run a two-week pilot of free Wi-Fi on domestic US flights.


Delta Air Lines will begin testing free Wi-Fi on 55 domestic daily flights.


The pilot is the first step to determine whether the airline will offer complimentary Wi-Fi as part of its onboard entertainment options.


During the two-week test period, 55 randomly selected domestic flights will be selected each day for the tests.


Passengers will be notified in advance via email and Delta’s mobile app whether their flight has been chosen for the test.


At a travel industry conference last year, Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, hinted that the airline were contemplating a move to free connectivity.


“I don’t know of anywhere else besides in an airplane that you can’t get free Wi-Fi,” he said.


The Delta test will not support streaming services, but it will enable passengers to browse, email, shop and message.


JetBlue Airways is currently the only US carrier to offer free Wi-Fi on its flights.