If you’ve traveled on Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 717s or Delta Connection regional jets, you might’ve noticed something those planes don’t have: free Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, most of Delta’s other mainline aircraft feature “fast, free Wi-Fi.”
Nearly all of the 717s and regional jets do have internet — it’s just that you have to pay for it. And the connections are meh. The planes haven’t yet been retrofitted with the updated systems. So, when will that happen?
Delta’s V.P. of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity Julieta McCurry said equipment installations will “be added to more than 400 aircraft starting in mid-2024.”
So, that’s good news! I hope we’ll be using free Wi-Fi on those planes by this time next year.
Delta’s Free Wi-Fi: What’s Your Experience Been?
I’ve used Delta’s free Wi-Fi maybe a dozen-ish times. I experienced a couple of connectivity hiccups but nothing too onerous. I found that texting from my iOS devices to Android users usually works when using the stock Messages app.
The speeds are great for sending emails and browsing the internet. Games occasionally get interrupted. The Delta’s free Wi-Fi is not ideal for photo editing (downloading and uploading image) — but can help out in a pinch.
Streaming video-wise, it’s fair. I frequently use apps such as MLB.tv and Fox Sports to watch sporting events not available on Delta’s seatback IFE. Those streams frequently buffer when I use Delta’s Wi-Fi. (But, hey, what a great First World problem to have!)
I’m pleased we now know when the service will expand to more planes. What’s your experience been on Delta’s free Wi-Fi? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
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