Posted on: 04 November 2011 by Ross McSweeny
United Continental Holdings, Inc. has chosen Panasonic Avionics Corporation for Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft.
Installation of the Panasonic system is to start mid-2012 with United Continental Holdings aiming to equip its fleet of Airbus 319 and 320, and Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Passengers will be able to use their wireless devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets onboard to connect with the internet using the in-flight hotspot.
"Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi," commented United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer, Jim Compton. "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."
"Panasonic is honoured that United Continental Holdings selected our Global Communications Suite for more than 300 aircraft in its domestic and international fleets,” declared Paul Margis, chief executive officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “United Continental Holdings has an exciting vision about how to leverage Ku technology within its fleets, and we are thrilled to be working with them on a connectivity experience that sets a new standard in in-flight entertainment and communications."
Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG) and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system will also enable wireless streaming of video content.
United Continental Holdings expects the entire mainline fleet will be equipped with Wi-Fi by 2015.