Finally tired of being trounced by its competitors in the on-board internet arena, United Airlines has outfitted its first international widebody plane with satellite-based Wi-Fi. The service should be rolled out to 300 additional aircrafts by the end of the year. United’s first foray into the new Wi-Fi capability is being granted to a trans-Atlantic and -Pacific Boeing 747, outfitted with Panasonic Avionics Corp.’s Ku-band satellite technology. Passengers can pick between two internet speeds: a standard speed at somewhere between $4 and $15 or an accelerated speed ranging between $6 and $20. Great news for anyone flying United, surely—just be careful when use it.
United Airlines Begins Wi-Fi Rollout to 300+ Airplanes
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).