United Airlines has expanded Wi-Fi to the first of its United Express regional aircraft, enabling more customers to stay connected in flight during their journeys.
The first of more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets has been equipped with Wi-Fi. Personal Device Entertainment, enabling customers to select movies and television shows to view on their Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices and laptop computers will expand to these aircraft later this year.
Gogo’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi product is being installed on E170, E175 and CRJ700 aircraft, and planned installations should be complete by summer 2015.
Additionally, the company will begin providing Personal Device Entertainment on regional jets this year, offering customers hundreds of complimentary movies and television shows to view on their Wi-Fi-enabled iOS and Android devices using United’s mobile app, as well as on laptop computers.
“Expanding in-flight connectivity and personal device programming aligns the customer experience on our regional jets with our mainline aircraft and will enable many more of our customers to enjoy Internet access and streaming entertainment on their personal devices when traveling with us,” said Tom O’Toole, United’s senior vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus.
United Wi-Fi and Personal Device Entertainment
United’s regional jet Wi-Fi installations begin as the airline continues to outfit its mainline fleet with Wi-Fi, which the carrier currently offers on nearly three-quarters of its domestic mainline fleet. United also operates more international aircraft with Wi-Fi than any other U.S. airline.
The company has installed Personal Device Entertainment on nearly 200 mainline aircraft, including its entire Boeing 747, Airbus A319 and A320 fleets and its nine Boeing 777 aircraft that fly primarily between the continental United States and Hawaii.
Regional Service Upgrades
In addition to Wi-Fi and Personal Device Entertainment, United is further investing in its customers’ regional-jet experience, including:
Adding 120 E175 aircraft to the regional fleet, each offering wider seats and aisles than other regional aircraft, large overhead bins and a power outlet at each United First seat; and
Upgrading premium-cabin meal service on United Express this spring by replacing snack boxes with freshly prepared food on flights that are more than 2 hours and 20 minutes, or 800 miles.
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