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DELTA AIR ENHANCES IN-FLIGHT SERVICES WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES

 DELTA AIR ENHANCES IN-FLIGHT SERVICES
 WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES
 Seatfone, USA TODAY Sky Radio and Airshow
 ATLANTA, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has announced that it soon will pioneer several new in-flight technologies that will significantly enhance its in-flight services. The new technologies will include USA TODAY Sky Radio -- the first live in-flight news and information service, Seatfone -- an in-seat telephone service, and Airshow -- a cabin video information system.
 Later this summer, Delta will introduce USA TODAY Sky Radio, the all-new live satellite delivered, in-flight information service featuring around-the-clock news, business, sports and weather coverage. Sky Radio will feature a blend of original programming and popular, established programs from a number of the nation's leading news sources.
 Passengers will be able to tune in to Sky Radio simply by selecting the designated channel on the in-flight audio systems of their aircraft. Delta initially will equip Boeing 757 jets with the radio link and will later add the Boeing 767 and L-1011 aircraft.
 "USA TODAY Sky Radio will be a significant enhancement to our in- flight service, offering passengers an innovative way to stay abreast of events affecting their business and personal lives," said Whit Hawkins, Delta president and chief operating officer. "We believe our passengers will welcome an opportunity to experience up-to-the-minute news and information."
 Also later this summer, Delta will become the first U.S. airline to offer its international passengers Airshow, a cabin video information system featuring multi-color maps showing the aircraft's position and route and a variety of other flight information. This new service will be featured on all Delta's video-equipped international aircraft.
 Airshow is designed to answer many of the questions passengers have during international flights, such as "How high are we flying? When will we get there? Where are we now?" Passengers have real time information that used to be available only to pilot and crew - in a form that is easy to read and understand.
 The aircraft's exact position, flight path and intended route are displayed on topographical maps that present terrain that appears almost three-dimensional while varying shades of blue show depths of the ocean. Real-time aircraft flight data is displayed on separate information pages or on banners above the maps. The information will be presented in various languages to accommodate international passengers.
 "Delta is proud to be the first U.S. airline to bring this enhancement to our transatlantic and transpacific passengers," Hawkins said. "Airshow is more than just a source of information as it provides passengers entertaining and interesting facts about the flight."
 Delta will introduce Airshow on its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft later this summer, adding the system to other aircraft types in the coming months.
 Still another enhancement to be introduced later this year is the expansion of Delta's l?ephone services on board its domestic and international fleet with the addition of Seatfone in-seat telephones from GTE.
 On domestic aircraft, first class seats will feature the telephones in each armrest, while coach seats will have one phone in a seat back per each seat group. Seat groups of four or five seats will have two phones per group. International aircraft will feature telephones in each armrest in first and business class seats. Coach will continue to utilize remote cordless phones.
 Utilizing new digital systems which will be available late next year, calls from the new phone system can be made air-tg?round, ground- to-air, aircraft-to-aircraft or seat-to-seat. The digital telephones will accept facsimile machines and modems for personal computers, allowing the business traveler to transmit information during flight.
 "Today's traveler needs the ability to communicate instantly, wherever he may be - even at 40,000 feet," explained Hawkins. "Seatfone will bring new convenience and capabilities to make our passengers' Delta flights more enjoyable and productive."
 Installation of the new GTE telephone system will begin this fall with Delta's Boeing 757 fleet. All domestic aircraft are expected to be equipped by the end of 1993. Calls may be charged to a major credit card or to a telephone company calling card.
 Delta is a major world airline operating a fleet of over 560 aircraft to 222 cities in 34 countries. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers operate over 4,970 flights daily.
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