Delta Airlines introduces free messaging on flights

Posted September 28, 2017

Starting this weekend, passengers on Delta flights around the world will be able to keep in contact with their loved ones on the ground for free.

Delta says its move makes it the first of the USA's three big global carriers (American and United are the others) to offer the perk. "We want our customers while they're flying to stay connected to their homes, to their friends".

Delta Air Lines says fliers on Wi Fi enabled flights can send mobile messages for free starting Oct. 1 2017
Delta Air Lines says fliers on Wi Fi enabled flights can send mobile messages for free starting Oct. 1 2017

Still, considering Delta used to price in-flight messaging starting at $2.95 (prices varied depending on your flight), the new service is a nice change, even if it is limited to boring, text-based messaging. Gogo's pricing for Wi-Fi on flights varies depending on the plan, but Delta customers will not have to pay for Wi-Fi access for texting. The airline has confirmed that passengers on most Delta flights will be able to use WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger in-flight for free. Well, texters worry no more... at least if you travel with Delta Air Lines.

Bastion took over as CEO in May of a year ago.

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Bastian says Delta is the first US global carrier to offer the free messaging service.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced on Wednesday morning that the company will now allow passengers to send free in-flight messages. But the service is only available for text use and does not support sending photo or video files, according to a Delta statement.

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