This month, Delta Air Lines will test offering free in-flight WiFi on 55 domestic daily flights. Thus test will last for two weeks and probably it will start on May 13th. Users will be allowed by them to do just about everything except stream video free of charge.
These tests were called the “first step toward realizing its vision” of offering free, in-flight WiFi by Delta. But, before any actual rollout happens, they admits that there will likely be “several more” phases. However, Jet blue is the one and only airline in US which offers free- WiFi now-a-days.
However, the specific routes hasn’t named yet on which it will run the test on, according to Delta, short, medium, and long-haul routes are included. Customers will be notified before the time either by email or via the company’s mobile app, who have tickets on the test flights.
According to Delta, it is a “highly complex” problem to solve to offer free WiFi in air. As the number of people who use it, will dramatically increase in result of removing fees. This will also result in stress the plane’s connection.
According to the recent report in an SEC filing by Gogo, in 2018 just 12 percent of passengers used in-flight WiFi, the Wall Street Journal points out this. The plane’s bandwidth can get choked and result in slower speeds if there will be an increase n this number. It’s already facing network capacity constraints in the US, Gogo also said this in that filing. Moreover, if airlines decide to stop charging for in-flight Wi-Fi it expects demand to increase.
The ability of the airline to offer free in-flight WiFi may largely depends on Gogo’s ability to build out its network, regardless of how long does it take Delta to complete its tests. According to the filing, Delta can walk away from its contract anytime with the provider in favor of one of its competitors that is satellite company ViaSat, this can be only done when Gogo will be unable to build its own network.
The company is deeply determined to make sure it can handle more users, as we can not deny that Gogo makes a lot of its money by selling the bandwidth to airlines. 23 percent of Gogo’s revenue in 2018 is already accounted by Delta flights. Moreover, the service provider has already said that it expects revenue from airlines to keep growing, as to support free in-flight WiFi they need more bandwidth.