United Continental Holdings has selected
Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on
more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline
aircraft beginning in mid-2012.
Panasonicís Ku-band satellite
technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG)
and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system
will also enable wireless streaming of video content.
ďOur customers tell us they value Wi-Fi,Ē said Jim Compton,
Unitedís executive vice president and chief revenue officer. ďAs a
global carrier, we selected satellite-based Ku-band technology to
enable customers to stay connected on long-haul overseas flights, something no other U.S.-based international carrier currently
Paul Margis, chief executive officer for
Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said, "Panasonic is honored that
United Continental Holdings selected our Global Communications
Suite for more than 300 aircraft in its domestic and international
fleets. United Continental Holdings has an exciting vision about
how to leverage Ku technology within its fleets, and we are
thrilled to be working with them on a connectivity experience that
sets a new standard in in-flight entertainment and
United Continental Holdings
expects to install the Panasonic system on Airbus 319 and 320 and
Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Customers will be able
to use their wireless devices such as laptops, smart phones and
tablets onboard those aircraft to connect with internet service
using the inflight hotspot.
Holdings expects the entire mainline fleet will be equipped with
Wi-Fi by 2015.
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