Delta Air Lines ups commitment to 2Ku

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will continue to increase its commitment to 2Ku, Gogo´s (NASDAQ: GOGO) industry-leading in-flight Wi-Fi technology, by at least 350 aircraft, the company said.

This brings Delta´s total 2Ku commitment to more than 600 aircraft in its mainline fleet.

2Ku is next-generation technology that provides consistent, uninterrupted coverage nearly anywhere in the world, including over oceans. Installation of 2Ku will offer customers faster speeds and bandwidth more than 20 times that of Gogo´s ATG technology, allowing for video streaming functionality.

2Ku installation has already started on Delta´s Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A319 fleets, and additional fleets will be retrofitted with the new system. By the end of 2016, Delta will operate more than 35 aircraft with 2Ku, which offers reduced drag and fuel burn compared to other Wi-Fi systems. 2Ku is next-generation technology that uses dual Ku-band satellite antennas — one receiver for the upward link to the aircraft, and the other for the downward, return link to the ground.

Delta has completed installation of Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on nearly all of its wide-body international fleet — including Boeing 747, 767, 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft as well as Boeing 757 aircraft operating on long-haul routes — and will be 100 percent complete by September 2016. 2Ku service will be offered on Airbus A330-900Neo and A350-900 aircraft when they enter Delta´s fleet in 2019 and 2017, respectively.

Delta operates the world´s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet, with more than 3,500 connected flights daily, including its entire fleet of 660 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 1,000 Delta aircraft, including nearly all Delta Connection two-class regional jets and 99 percent of its long-haul international fleet are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service, offering access to more than 370,000 customers per day.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.