United to Launch In-Flight Internet Service This Year

Posted January 15, 2009 by Zak Patten

Aircell-gogo-logo "Fashionably late." It's a cliche, but when you're attending a party, it's always better to be sure you won't arrive while your host is still showering. United Airlines seems to be banking on similar feelings from its passengers when it comes to in-flight Internet service, which the carrier has just announced it will boot up on "p.s." transcontinental flights between New York and California later this year.

United isn't exactly sending shockwaves through the travel industry by teaming up with Aircell to operate that company's Gogo Wi-Fi service. As we saw back in November, five other U.S. airlines— American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, and Virgin America—have some level of onboard wireless Internet already, most of it Gogo.

United is only offering wireless on its p.s. flights, which come with more amenities and greater comfort in all classes of service, and it's charging a flat fee of $12.95 for the entire flight. The other airlines mentioned above have similarly restrictive Internet service for about the same price.

If United is simply sticking with the pack, and not getting a head start, what is its value proposition to the us? Well, if you're the type of passenger who wants to kick back in your comfy seat and log on to the Internet, maybe you're also chilled out enough to appreciate the airline's "fashionable" timing.

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Posted on January 25, 2009 at 05:04 PM by Dan Demianiw

I think it's so great that so many airlines are offering in flight WiFi. I know when I go on business trips I just read a book while in flight, and think of all the things I could be getting done if I hadn't made the decision to fly. Now I can actually be productive!

Posted on February 03, 2009 at 03:29 PM by Kristi S | High Speed Internet Service

Well if United is simply sticking with the pack, and not getting a head start, what is its value proposition to the us

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 05:01 AM by Jeff Paul Scam

In this case, I think it's OK if United just sticks with the pack, b/c the pack is moving ahead and all offering Wi-Fi. This is a big improvement over what we currently have available for in-flight connectivity (i.e., nothing).

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 10:08 AM by Zak

That would be awesome to have an in-flight internet service.

I kind'a like this improvement. Really cool!

Posted on December 10, 2010 at 04:39 PM by Armil@internet available in my area

A very innovative service from United. These convenient on the net check-ins are great to begin with.

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 01:56 AM by seo north east

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