Delta and Lufthansa Boast Largest WiFi Fleets

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Largest Fleet Equipped with In-Flight Internet

Delta Air Lines, based at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport (ATL) was the first to claim dibs on having the largest fleet of aircraft equipped with Internet service. However, it’s only their domestic fleet equipped with Broadband Internet via GoGo WiFi (WLAN), including larger regional jet aircraft. The WiFi equipped regional jets include the CRJ-700, CRJ-900, Embraer-170, and Embraer-175, operating under the Delta Connection Flag. Approximately 800 regional jets are equipped with on-board Internet.

The entire fleet of 550 domestic mainline aircraft offers broadband Internet via WiFi and includes the Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757-200 and -300, Boeing 767-300, Airbus A319, Airbus A320, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and finally the MD-88. The airline will be receiving a new type, the Boeing 717-200 during the spring of 2013, which will also be equipped with GoGo WiFi service.

The downside to GoGo Internet is that it works from a land based “cellular” network and is not available outside of the continental United States. Delta’s domestic fleet is used for many international destinations, such as flights to Aruba, Costa Rica, Panama, and northern South America, but once the flight departs US airspace, there is no Internet connectivity. Delta is looking into a satellite solution which will use high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites to provide global coverage. When complete in 2015, Delta will operate approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft in its worldwide fleet.

Lufthansa has a full satellite solution with SkyNet and has set a record with satellite in-flight broadband connectivity on 80 long-range aircraft. This provides Lufthansa with the largest broadband Internet-enabled long-haul fleet in the world.

Today marks the second anniversary of Lufthansa’s FlyNet broadband Internet service and the airline isn’t stopping at 80 long-haul aircraft, they’re rolling the service out across their intercontinental network.

Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet includes the mammoth Airbus A380-800, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-300, Airbus A340-600, Airbus A330-300, and the Boeing BBJ 737-800 IGW.

The satellite coverage area is much larger; from mid-December, the coverage area for high-speed FlyNet Internet will include the better part of Lufthansa’s entire long-range network. However, South Africa and China are exceptions where the service is not available.

New Boeing 747-8’s joining the fleet in March will already be equipped with FlyNet.

Sport 24 via Lufthansa FlyNet

FlyNet aircraft are being equipped to offer Sport 24, an English-language live sports channel which is being integrated into a free portal to be received via WiFi (Wireless LAN/WLAN) on your personal tablet or laptop.

Regardless of the sport, Lufthansa will allow you to follow the action live whether you’re above the Atlantic or flying high across to parts of Asia. Sport 24 has exclusive global broadcast rights for major sporting events including Formula 1 Races, the NFL SuperBowl, Wimbledon, and additional tournaments and events. German national football (soccer) games as well as English Premiere League matches are covered.

Sport 24 coverage will be available on all Lufthansa FlyNet equipped aircraft by spring 2013.

If you’re on LH 412, on December 1, 2012, from Munich (MUC) to Newark (EWR), the big game between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will be available.



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