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NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi  
User currently offlineUA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4792 times:

I wonder how much of a head start we have on the other US airlines here...

(excerpt - full article available at nytimes.com)

June 6, 2005
United Airlines Approved for In-Flight Internet Service

nited Airlines plans to announce today that it is the first domestic airline to receive approval from regulators to install wireless Internet networks on its planes.

United passengers will not be able to take advantage of the service just yet. The airline is still at least a year away from having its in-flight Wi-Fi service up and running. When it does, sometime in mid- to late 2006, passengers will be able to check e-mail, send instant messages and surf the Web at 30,000 feet.

Similar services are already available on international flights operated by Lufthansa and Japan Airlines, among other carriers Wi-Fi is also available in terminals across the country. Many airports, like LaGuardia in New York, charge a flat daily rate to use a wireless Internet connection, while JetBlue Airways offers free Wi-Fi at some of its gates.

Dennis Cary, United's senior vice president for marketing, said the airline would charge for the in-flight service but had not yet determined what the cost would be. "We're certainly aware of what the mental price points are for our customers," he said.

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User currently offlineHanginOut From Austria, joined May 2005, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4716 times:

It's good to see that UA is going to install WiFi, ahead of the competition. It is a great way to differentiate yourself from the rest of the competitors, especially for the Business and First class customers. I'm sure that WiFi will be like PTVs in a short while, it will be one of those items that everyone wants on their flight.

Good for you UA!  bigthumbsup 

Dreaming of the day I can work for an airline
User currently offlineLee From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Brilliant ! Cant Wait till I can surf the net at 35000 ! Its good to see United trying to recover by offering something a bit different to the competition.

User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4139 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4702 times:

On a similar note, wasn't UA the first US airline with PTVs? Now everybody's got 'em...

User currently offlineUnitedRhapsody From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

I can't wait to use it on one of my UA flights, hopefully sometime soon!

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

WiFi and Channel 9, what more could you want!  cloudnine 

Does anyone know how much they will charge for it?


Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4557 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 5):
Does anyone know how much they will charge for it?

At UA, the price hasn't been set yet.

LH has the service and I think charges $30 to have it for the entire flight.

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