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AT&T Helps to Mobilize and Enhance Delta Air Lines' In-Flight Customer Experience

AT&T will Provide In-Flight Mobility Services and Devices for More Than 19,000 Flight Attendants

Dallas, Texas, August 22, 2013

Delta Air Lines has signed a multi-year extensive agreement with AT&T* for custom mobility services, devices and support for Delta’s new, in-flight, mobile point-of-sale application designed to simplify and enhance the in-flight experience for Delta customers. 

Under the agreement, AT&T will equip more than 19,000 Delta flight attendants with Nokia Lumia devices powered by Microsoft Dynamics mobile point-of-sale platform on Windows Phone 8, with a Delta-specific customer experience developed by Avanade to operate over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s 4G LTE Network. Avanade will provide Delta with ongoing support, maintenance, and application enhancements for the next three years. This in-flight solution to sell food, goods, and upgraded seats to passengers aligns with Delta’s commitment to continually improve the customer experience.

“As the industry leader in providing mobile solutions, we help move businesses forward,” said Chris Hill, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “Our support of this in-flight mobile solution will help Delta deliver an enhanced and more customized flying experience to their customers.”

Features and benefits of the solution include:

  • Near real-time credit card validation, which enables passengers to purchase food, drinks, and upgrade to available Economy Comfort seating in-flight. On-board Economy Comfort upgrades will begin on transcontinental and international flights before being offered on flights across Delta’s system.
  • Faster workflow and ease-of-use by unifying all flight attendants on Nokia Lumia 820 devices. In addition, this agreement will see Delta Air Lines crew expanding to the newest Nokia devices over the next three years.
  • Faster transaction times, expected to be significantly improved, will allow flight attendants to conduct more transactions and better tend to passengers’ needs.

AT&T's 4G LTE Network

AT&T 4G LTE covers more than 225 million people nationwide and  370 markets, and by the end of 2013, coverage is expected to expand to nearly 270 million people and more than 400 markets.

The great performance of AT&T’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:

  • AT&T now has the most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.**
  • Meanwhile, our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall.  PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested. ***
  • And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network  in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest. ****

In addition, RootMetrics® has awarded AT&T for strongest overall call, text, and data performance in multiple markets from January through June of this year.*****