I found it mildly amusing that, back in November, when word first came out that Delta Airlines was planning a low-cost airline competitor to JetBlue, I heard about it while watching the DirecTV hookup on a JetBlue airline flying across the country. Now, Delta has released the details of their new low-cost Song airline, and it sounds like they're trying to out-JetBlue Jetblue in almost every area. While JetBlue advertises their free DirecTV satellite TV in every seat, Song will provide EchoStar's DISH network, but will also go beyond that. They'll offer pay-per-view programing (complete with credit card slot to slide your card), internet access (no details on how that will work), interactive video games (that you can play against other passengers), and the ability to stream MP3s to your seat. No details on the MP3 system either, but they do say that you can create your own playlists. I would imagine that the songlist will be fairly limited though. To be honest, reading the details, it sounds like geek paradise in the air. They'll also take care of my biggest complaint with JetBlue: more legroom. Right now the flights are only between NY and Florida, but they're sure to expand elsewhere fairly rapidly. Of course, Delta doesn't have the best reputation for service, so it remains to be seen if Song can pick up on JetBlue's friendly (if quirky) service that has created so many fans. Meanwhile, JetBlue has said that they're planning to upgrade their in-flight entertainment system to offer many of these services as well.
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