Posted on: 05 September 2014 by Ross McSweeny
United Airlines (United) has taken delivery of the first of its 26 orders for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which has been factory fitted with in-flight Wi-Fi courtesy of Panasonic’s exConnect broadband system.
Panasonic’s exConnect uses Ku-band satellites and is the only in-flight connectivity service provider with linefit offerability at both Boeing and Airbus, both of which United operate. The airline retrofitted the Panasonic system on some of its Airbus fleet earlier this year.
United also told Inflight-online.com that the installation of in-flight connectivity on its other jets was “well underway”, remarking, “We are actively outfitting our mainline fleet with Wi-Fi. We now offer in-flight Wi-Fi on more than 300 planes, including our Boeing 747 and Airbus fleets, and we plan to equip the vast majority of our mainline aircraft with Wi-Fi-by mid-2015.”
On the importance of streaming, United said “In-flight entertainment is very important to our customers, and with personal device entertainment, we can offer travellers a convenient option that lets them choose what they watch to enhance their overall in-flight experience.”
Stephanie Taylor, editorial assistant,Inflight-Online.com