Who is winning the race to provide wifi on international flights? Probably the consumers, with United Airlines following and Delta close behind. American is a distant 3rd among the major US carriers right now.
Minor (unsolicited) shenanigans and a very nice friend meant my recent flight from Narita to Newark was in the BusinessFirst cabin. Solid product, even while not the best in the market overall.
Might United Airlines be announcing an order for 10 new Boeing 777-300ERs in the near future? Seems quite likely. And it makes a lot of sense in many ways, assuming it can get dispatch reliability back up where it should be.
The United Airlines Wifi rollout is proceeding rapidly, with the full mainline fleet expected to be fitted in just a few months. But there is much more to come from the company once the kit is installed.
Is the end nigh for in-seat entertainment screens? Streaming media to passengers’ personal devices is growing rapidly. But Thales/LiveTV says the imminent death of the screen may be greatly exaggerated.
United Airlines has a different approach to in-flight wifi from the rest of the market. Each plane will be a “node on the network” not just have an augmented in-flight entertainment system.
More of the United Airlines international fleet has wifi now. The carrier has started deployment of Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite connectivity on their 2-cabin 777-200ERs. Hooray, internet!
More than just getting a new type in the fleet, the new United 787-9 represents a step forward for in-flight connectivity: the line-fit satellite service is a big deal for United, Boeing and passengers alike.
What’s the difference between in-flight comfort and enjoying the trip overall? Just one example: I’m flying coach rather than business class because I know I’ll arrive more alert and happier.
It is not often that one gets to test multiple in-flight wifi providers on the same day. I guess I can say I got lucky in that regard. Getting to use three different services within a 10-day span made for some good “comparison shopping” so to speak.