United Airlines is planning to offer Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment on more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets and expects its first Wi-Fi-enabled regional jet flights to operate later this year.
Chicago-based United Airlines intends to install Gogo’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi service on all Embraer 170, Embraer 175 and Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets in the United Express fleet and to complete the planned installations by next summer.
Early in 2015, United expects to expand Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment to these aircraft. This will let customers select from a range of 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 with iOS or Windows operating systems.
United Airlines has previously announced other sizable investments in its United Express service.
These include a fleet of 120 new Embraer 175 regional jets, each of which offer 12 seats in United First with in-seat power, 16 United Economy Plus seats, and larger overhead bins throughout the aircraft; newly designed seats on more than 100 CRJ700 regional jets and on the Embraer 175 fleet; and freshly prepared food for premium-cabin customers on United Express flights beginning in 2015.
In addition to preparing its regional jets for Wi-Fi and personal device entertainment services, United already operates than 340 mainline aircraft with in-flight Wi-Fi capability, including nearly two-thirds of its mainline domestic fleet. It plans to install Wi-Fi on its entire mainline fleet by mid-2015.
United also already operates more than 180 mainline aircraft which offer Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment, including all its Boeing 747-400 and Airbus aircraft and nine Boeing 777s which primarily fly between the continental U.S. and Hawaii.
The carrier plans to offer Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment on more than 200 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 374 airports on six continents. In 2013, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights, carrying 139 million customers in the process.
With U.S. mainland hubs at Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles, United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft.
In 2014 the carrier is taking delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including 787-9s as the North American launch customer for the model, and is adding 32 new Embraer 175 regional jets to the United Express fleet.