United Airlines First U.S. Airline to Offer Wi-Fi on Transoceanic Flights
United Airlines announced it has started to offer in-flight Internet service on its international routes, making it the first U.S. carrier with Wi-Fi on transoceanic flights. The carrier is working with Panasonic Avionics to provide Ku-band satellite-based connectivity on its aircraft. The first international widebody aircraft, a Boeing 747, went live on January 15, 2013.
Passengers can choose between two speeds: Standard and Accelerated . Accelerated offers faster download speeds than Standard and, depending on the length of the flight, is priced between $5.99 and $19.99, while Standard costs between $3.99 and $14.99.
United, which first announced plans to work with Panasonic in November 2011, has already installed the satellite service on two of its Airbus A319 aircraft serving domestic routes. In addition, the airline plans to outfit its Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, as well as its Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft with the service, which offers faster speeds than air-to-ground (ATG) technology.
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