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article imageUnited Continental selects Panasonic to install Wi-Fi on flights

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By Andrew Moran     Nov 8, 2011 in Business
Chicago - United Continental Holdings has chosen Panasonic to install Wi-Fi on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines aircraft starting in the middle of 2012 and conclude by 2015. Passengers will be able to stream videos on its wireless system.
More and more establishments and services are offering Wi-Fi to their customers. Airlines are no different. Japan Airlines recently announced that it is adding Wi-Fi on its United States and European routes. Meanwhile, American Airlines is replacing their in-flight screens with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Last week, United Continental Holdings announced that it will be installing Wi-Fi connections to more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft starting in the middle of next year, according to a press release.
The airline has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to put in its Ku-band satellite technology, which will be made available on flights worldwide. It is expected to be installed on Airbus 319 and 320 and Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft
Passengers will be able to use their laptops, smartphones and tablets, and the system’s fast speed will enable wireless streaming of video content.
“Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi,” said 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.”
The entire fleet of aircraft will have Wi-Fi by 2015.
Continental also recently announced that it will be installing satellite-based Wi-Fi on more than 200 DIRECTV-equipped aircraft starting next year.
The Globe and Mail reported a couple of years ago that a study suggested that passengers preferred Wi-Fi to food. As the study was being conducted, airlines, such as Virgin American, AirTran and Delta, introduced or expanded Wi-Fi services.
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