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NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:58 pm

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

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(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.
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RE: NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:24 am

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.

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RE: NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:27 am

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.
 
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RE: NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:28 am

On a similar note, wasn't UA the first US airline with PTVs? Now everybody's got 'em...
 
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RE: NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:34 am

I can't wait to use it on one of my UA flights, hopefully sometime soon!
 
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RE: NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:36 am

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

Does anyone know how much they will charge for it?

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RE: NYT: United Airlines Approved For In-Flight WiFi

Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:58 am

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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