Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Delta will allow text messages during a flight

A file image of a Delta Airlines Boeing 767 taken A file image of a Delta Airlines Boeing 767 taken
Lucas Bell | 28 September, 2017, 00:37

And some of Delta's smaller regional jets don't have Wi-Fi that would enable the messaging.

The CEO made the announcement on Wednesday morning, saying flyers can use the Gogo App on their WiFi-enabled planes.

Delta Airlines is allowing passengers to text during flights for free, the company announced on Tuesday. JetBlue Airways offers free in-flight Wi-Fi to its customers and Alaska Airlines has offered free text messaging on certain planes since January, USA Today reports. And as for the question of free Wi-Fi? While airlines and companies like Gogo and ViaSat continue to work on in-flight technology, other companies like entertainment services also want to see better service in the air: Netflix has even offered the company's bandwidth technology to help speed up in-flight video. Passengers will be able to exchange real time messages in flight with friends, families, colleagues, and clients via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Bastian joined Delta in 1998 and took over as chief executive officer in May past year.

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Beginning Oct. 1, Delta Air Lines will become the biggest US global carrier to offer free mobile messaging during flight, the company announced Wednesday.

This includes all aircraft with two or more cabins - and the airline says it will be the first U.S. transatlantic carrier to offer free access to the instant messaging platform.

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