With what Delta Air Lines claims as a "first" today, perhaps Wi-Fi on commercial regional jets will play catch-up with mainline service.
The airline says this morning's Delta Connection flight #5356 from Atlanta to Omaho, Nebraska, operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, marks the first time an airline anywhere in the world provided in-flight Internet service onboard a commercial regional jet.
The aircraft was a Bombardier CRJ700.
The milestone is part of Delta's effort to outfit 250 aircraft operated for Delta Connection with Wi-Fi, and the project is slated to be completed by early 2012, Delta says.
Of course, a social media campaign accompanied today's announcement.
In addition to a blog post on the topic, Delta was encouraging passengers onboard the flight to tweet about the experience using hashtag #DeltaRJWifi and the airline was handing out prizes, such as 30 days' free Wi-Fi service from Gogo.