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Fri, 14 August 2015

United Airlines Enhances Inflight Entertainment

United Airlines is continuing the expansion of its United Private Screening inflight entertainment with the launch of free personal device entertainment on two-cabin United Express regional jets; expanded HBO programming; and exclusively curated content from Vevo, a leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform.

United currently has one of the largest offerings of free streaming entertainment already on more than 200 United aircraft with scores of television shows and movies available for streaming directly to travelers laptop computers and iOS and Android mobile devices.

Customers on flights with personal device entertainment can enjoy popular films like Birdman, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the Taken trilogy, as well as kid-friendly favorites such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Lego Movie.

Hours of popular television shows are also available and may include HBOs Veep and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, as well as Mad Men, Orange is the New Black and other hit shows.

Whether they travel for business or pleasure, were designing United Private Screening to ensure our customers have access to content that is entertaining, interesting, wide-ranging and relaxing, said Scott Wilson, Uniteds vice president of merchandising and eCommerce. Our ongoing expansion of personal device entertainment and the additional HBO and Vevo content provide our customers more inflight entertainment choices than ever before.

United has begun rolling out personal device entertainment on its fleet of more than 120 Wi-Fi-equipped E170, E175 and CRJ700 regional jets, with more than half of these aircraft now offering free streaming entertainment. The airline plans to offer the service on all Wi-Fi-equipped regional jets by the end of next week.

The launch of personal device entertainment on regional jets follows Uniteds introduction this year of an all-new premium-cabin experience on United Express, featuring freshly prepared meals served on chinaware on regional jet flights of at least 800 miles.

Additionally, the airline has expanded HBO content on aircraft that offer personal device entertainment as well as on those with seatback on-demand entertainment. Available HBO entertainment includes full seasons of popular television shows such as Entourage, Game of Thrones and True Detective.

United has also joined with Vevo to offer hundreds of music videos and concert performances for customers to view at no charge on United aircraft offering personal device entertainment. Vevo content is also available through seatback on-demand entertainment.

This summer, United also launched a pilot program offering tablets for rent on Boeing 777 flights between the continental United States and Honolulu and between Honolulu and Guam. The 8.4-inch tablets contain stored entertainment, including television shows, movies and games.

United aircraft offer several inflight entertainment options, with Wi-Fi also available on 85% of mainline aircraft and regional jets receiving the technology. In addition:

United plans to install personal device entertainment on more than 650 mainline and regional aircraft, including its intercontinental fleet;

The airline operates more than 200 intercontinental and p.s. Premium Service aircraft with seatback on-demand entertainment; and

Another 227 mainline aircraft offer live television.

United Airlines, IFE

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