UA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4368 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
By JEREMY W. PETERS
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.
HanginOut From Austria, joined May 2005, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4292 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.