Delta still evaluating connectivity proposals for A321neos

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Delta Air Lines has not made an inflight connectivity decision for its new 100-strong Airbus A321neo order, as first reported on RGN Premium.

The carrier issued a statement yesterday morning suggesting that Gogo’s 2Ku system would be fitted to the aircraft.

But after RGN learned that the connectivity business was still in play, a Delta spokesman provided the following statement: “Delta’s A321neos will offer high-speed satellite-based WiFi. We are evaluating proposals from several providers, including Gogo, and have not yet made a final decision.”

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Delta has since updated its original press release. It now simply states, “On-demand inflight entertainment,  high-speed satellite WiFi, power ports as well as streaming video content will be available at every seat through Delta Studio.”

However, as of press time, a Mail Chimp version of the release continues to mention 2Ku.

A source tells RGN that a downselect to three providers – including Gogo – has been made. But this has not been publicly confirmed by any party.

Delta’s RFP underscores how hotly competitive the market is right now. Quite simply, every tail counts.

Inflight connectivity providers are fighting to grow their backlogs to reach critical mass, and stop the blood flow.

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  1. Barry

    It would make sense for any airline that is going to operate a large fleet in US to split their connectivity services among vendors, to not only get lowest cost bandwidth, but for sake of being able to pivot from one vendor to another, if need arise.
    I am sure DL is worried how long Gogo can continue to bleed.