Delta adds Wi-Fi to charter A319s

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Delta Air Lines has nearly completed installing Gogo inflight internet service on its eight A319s that are generally used for charter flights.

The installation of the service comes as the aircraft are re-configured into a Delta mainline configuration, with 12 first class and 114 economy seats, according to a Delta spokesperson.

For eight months of the year, the eight A319s are configured in a special 54-seat configuration for National Basketball Association (NBA) charter flights. During the rest of the year, the aircraft are configured for normal mainline service.

Delta inherited the practice from its merger partner Northwest Airlines after the two carriers merged in 2008.

The Atlanta-based carrier reported on its official blog that seven aircraft have been fitted with the Gogo system, and that installations are slated to be completed "by the end of June".

The spokesperson for the carrier told ATI that Delta is still deciding on how it will manage Wi-Fi on the A319s when they return to the charter configuration.