The airline will also have the most aircraft enabled with free messaging.
'We're in the business of connecting people, connecting the world, and we want our customers, while they're flying, to stay connected to their friends, their family.
On Delta's planes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, passengers will be able to exchange real-time messages with those on the ground via Delta's Wi-Fi portal web page, according to the airline.
The new service, which starts October 1, is an app that allows customers to connect to the plane's Wi-Fi for free, but only to use Wi-Fi messaging apps.
Free messaging will be available on all Gogo-enabled Delta flights, including all aircraft with two or more cabins.
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Bastian noted during the interview on CBS This Morning that part of the difficulties with offering perks such as free text messaging is finding bandwidth for Wi-Fi. Bastian joined Delta in 1998 and took over as chief executive officer in May a year ago.
However, the texting service doesn't support sending photos or videos.
And even without the same free in-flight Wi-Fi caveat, another big US carrier - an arch-rival of Delta, no less - already offered free mobile messaging.