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United and Continental Finally Get Their Act Together for In-Flight WiFi

November 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

Yes, that's a 787 Dreamliner with WiFi

In-flight tech envy has ended for those who fly United and Continental. Hooray! Just days ago, United announced that more than 300 of its aircraft will be outfitted with in-flight WiFi capabilities, starting rather soon in mid-2012; that's just in time for the summer travel season.

Partnering with Panasonic to make both domestic and international WiFi a reality, United will first connect up their Airbus narrow-body fleet—319s and 320s—eventually finishing on the rest of the Boeing fleet by 2015.

This major upgrade will begin right around the same time the merger between United and Continental should be done and dusted. All in all, the decision to move forward with WiFi is a long time coming and we applaud United for the change since Delta, American and Virgin and more have been doing it for quite some time.

As a late entrant to the "tech game," United needs to launch sky high with this one. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how the world's self-proclaimed largest airline navigates these virtual skies. Also, no details on the pricing to tweet your heart out at 35,000 feet, but we are sure "the new United" will be letting as many people know as soon as things get rolling. Hey—we're just excited to use our wireless gadgets on board and of course we'll let you know when it's finally possible on more than a few United planes.

[Photo: United]

Archived Comments:

Too slow...

Great. the slowest company (united) in the world partners with the second slowest company in the world (panasonic) to install wifi that sucks on southwest. Boy, that was worth the wait.


United, the only shot you have now is that the executives at Delta injure themselves as they roll around laughing at this decision.