United Airlines Launches Satellite Based Wi-Fi Service
Published on: 16th Jan 2013
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USA based United Airlines has introduced onboard satellite based Wi Fi internet connectivity on the first of its international widebody aircraft becoming the first U S based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long haul overseas routes
The aircraft, a Boeing 747 outfitted with Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Ku-band satellite technology, serves trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes.
Additionally, United has outfitted Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on two Airbus 319 aircraft serving domestic routes, offering customers faster inflight Internet service than air-to-ground technology (ATG). The company expects to complete installation of satellite-based Wi-Fi on 300 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.
"Satellite-based Wi-Fi service enables us to better serve our customers and offer them more of what they want in a global airline," said Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief revenue officer at United.
Customers have the choice of two speeds: Standard, priced initially between $3.99 and $14.99 depending on the duration of flight, and Accelerated, priced initially between $5.99 and $19.99 and offering faster download speeds than Standard.
United is currently upgrading its fleet with more than $550 million in additional onboard improvements.