Everybody dreads long international fights; even with all the enhancements in comfort, these flights can still become extremely boring. For a businessman, a 16-hour flight can mean missing out on important work. Both our personal and professional lives revolve around the Internet, so international flights can drive us crazy. United Airlines has thus solved this problem by becoming the first U.S based International airline to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi. The aircraft, a Boeing 747, has been equipped with Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s Ku – band satellite technology. United has also outfitted two Airbus 319 aircraft along their domestic routes with the Ku- band satellite Wi-Fi. United is hoping to complete the installation of satellite-based Wi-Fi on 300 of its mainline aircraft by the end of the year.
Customers flying will have two-speed options; the standard is priced between $3.99 and $14.99, while the accelerated speed is priced at $5.99 and $19.99, depending on the duration of the flights.
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