Delta will allow free in-flight texting - but not calls

Delta will allow free in-flight texting - but not calls

Delta will allow free in-flight texting - but not calls

You won't have to pay to get on and messaging will be free, ' he said.

Delta Air Lines announced today that it will be offering free access to in-flight internet for customers to access iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger on any flight with Gogo Wi-Fi starting October 1st, via 9to5Mac.

This includes all aircraft with two or more cabins - and the airline says it will be the first United States transatlantic carrier to offer free access to the instant messaging platform.

Alaska Air has since rolled out the complimentary messaging option to all flights on merger partner Virgin America, as well. The move makes Delta the biggest US airline to offer the option at no charge.

On Delta's planes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, passengers will be able to exchange real-time messages with those on the ground via Delta's Wi-Fi portal web page, according to the airline. The airline didn't specifically mention it would support standard text messages - also known as SMS messages - which means customers will need to use one of the aforementioned platforms.

You'll soon be able to keep in touch with friends and family on the ground when you're flying with Delta.

Delta boasts a fleet of more aircraft with seat-back entertainment than any airline in the world and the company has committed to installing over 600 aircraft with seat-back screens by the end of 2018. The service will be available on more aircraft than any other carrier.

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