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United, Continental to have Wi-Fi on main flights by 2015

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Fri November 4, 2011

United and Continental choose Panasonic for Wi-Fi

United and Continental Airlines have announced that they will have Wi-Fi access on all their main flights by 2015. The companies have chosen Panasonic Avionics to install the Wi-Fi systems on over 300 of their aircraft. The companies chose the Panasonic system because it offers Ku-band satellite technology that delivers faster air to ground speeds and wireless streaming of video content.

"Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi," said Jim Compton, United's executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "As a global carrier, we selected satellite-based Ku-band technology to enable customers to stay connected on long-haul overseas flights, something no other U.S.-based international carrier currently offers."

The airlines expect to install the Panasonic system on Airbus 319 and 320 and Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. The technology will allow passengers to use their wireless devices including laptops, smart phones and tablets onboard those aircraft to connect with Internet service using the in-flight hotspot.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Tralthamidor

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    “Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi,” and that's why it will only take 4 freaking years to plug in a wireless router to comm equipment...

  1. techweenie1

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    2015...Yeah I think I'll fly airlines that have it now rather than wait 4 years...good luck with that.

  1. mac 13

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    Its not free

  1. hayesk

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    That late

    I've already used in flight WiFi on Air Canada back in April this year.

  1. ferdchet

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    Holy uninquisitive readers, Batman!

    Well, two parties are at fault for these stupid comments about this being 4 years off. First is the writers, who couldn't bother to say that the service will start in 2012 (I mean really, they put up a link to the source article, which says this). Second is the readers, who couldn't be bothered to click the link and think "gosh, 4 years, really? That doesn't sound right."

    So I'll say it for you - they are bringing out the service in 2012 and expanding through 2015. All of you tech geniuses know exactly how easy it is to connect a moving aircraft to satellite-based Internet and then broadcast to an aircraft I guess.

    You're welcome.

  1. fubar_this

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    For the airline industry un-initiated (which apparently includes the editor), this title is completely misleading. Continental already chose KA band satellite technology on all DTV based birds. They expect to have most of that fleet (the majority of the 73G and 752s) done by 2013. The pre-merger UA, which has the A319, A320 and the widebody aircraft, will use KU band satellite technology. Mainly because DTV, which is how the KA band is tied into the system, won't work on overseas flights.

    So yeah, really crappy editing.

  1. wrenchy

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    re:$$$ It's not free

    It's not free??? Since when do iTards worry about spending money??

    Seriously, you lot sound like a bunch of Fandroids. Quit being so cheap and start paying for stuff.

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