Delta begins rollout of international in-flight wi-fi

Delta Air Lines launched its first international flights with in-flight wi-fi service on Tuesday, an expansion of the wi-fi service it has offered on domestic flights for the last five years.

Atlanta-based Delta with in-flight wi-fi provider Gogo are charging fees starting at $14 for a one-hour pass or $24.95 for a pass lasting the entire flight for wi-fi on a laptop. Prices for mobile users start at $8 for a one-hour pass or $14.95 for a flight pass.

The satellite-based wi-fi service on Delta debuted on Boeing 747-400 jets flying to Tokyo from Atlanta and Los Angeles on Tuesday. The launch was delayed from Delta’s original plans to begin offering international in-flight wi-fi in early 2013, due to challenges in getting approvals.

So far, Delta has installed the service on three of its Boeing 747s and plans to add it to more than 150 planes, including 777, 767, Airbus A330 and 757 international aircraft. The installation of wi-fi on the airline’s international fleet will continue through the end of 2015.

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