United Airlines launched its 100th in-flight Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft and plans on having nearly 200 aircraft equipped with the service by the end of 2013, the carrier said Monday.
The in-flight connectivity service, powered by Panasonic*, is being installed on 30 aircraft per month across United's fleet of Airbus A319s, A320s, Boeing 747s. Currently, the airline has its entire fleet of Boeing 757 transcontinental aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi service, and plans on introducing its first Boeing 737 featuring Ka-band satellite connectivity later this year.
"United is improving the inflight experience and offering more customers the ability to stay connected, whether traveling throughout the country or abroad," said Jeff Foland, executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy.
By mid-2014, United expects to have more than 200 aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi enabled entertainment options, including the ability to stream movies and live television to passengers' personal electronic devices.
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*Note: This article has been updated to show that United's Wi-Fi service is powered by Panasonic, not Gogo.