Continental Airlines has executed a letter of
intent with inflight entertainment provider LiveTV to offer
inflight Wi-Fi via Ka-band beginning next year.
The company plans
to offer the service on more than 200 domestic Boeing 737 and 757
aircraft equipped with DirecTV, providing onboard connectivity and
more than 95 channels of live television programming to customers
flying within the continental United States.
will be able to offer higher transmission speeds for more
extensive onboard connection capabilities, including browsing of content-rich websites, sending and receiving e-mails and
United Airlines currently offers
inflight internet service on 14 aircraft, including on all p.s.
flights linking New York Kennedy with Los Angeles and San
The letter of intent with LiveTV provides the framework
for a definitive agreement to be negotiated with LiveTV. Ka-band will utilize ViaSat’s ViaSat-1, which will be
one of the
world’s highest-capacity satellites upon its launch later in 2011.
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