Posted on: 24 November 2014 by Mark Howells
United Airlines’ (United) latest app, which allows passengers to access in-flight entertainment (IFE) on personal electronic devices (PEDs) via in-flight Wi-Fi, is now available on the Android operating system.
Previously, a beta version of the United app was available for laptops and Apple devices only. The IFE content, which is stored using on-board servers, is available on United’s entire Airbus A319, A320 and Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft.
Both United’s website and mobile app confirm whether a flight offers personal device entertainment, Wi-Fi and in-seat power under ‘Inflight Amenities’ in the ‘Flight Status and Information’ section.
“Travellers increasingly want to watch entertainment on their own devices, as shown by the measurable improvement in satisfaction among travellers who fly on aircraft with personal device programming,” said Tom O'Toole, United's senior VP of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus.
The airline has plans to expand the availability of IFE on PEDs to its two-cabin regional jets and domestic and international aircraft not currently offering customers an on-demand entertainment option. By late 2015, most United and United Express aircraft will offer customers either live television or on-demand IFE either through PEDs or seat-back screens.