United Airlines reports plans to outfit more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets with Wi-Fi and personal entertainment devices, with the first Wi-Fi-enabled flights expected later this year.
The airline said it intends to install Gogo’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi product on E170, E175 and CRJ700 aircraft and to complete planned installations by next summer.
Early next year, United will also expand personal device entertainment to these aircraft, enabling customers to select from a wide 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.
United says it has made significant investments in its United Express service, including fleets, seats and food service. The airline also offers more than 340 aircraft with Wi-Fi, including nearly two-thirds of its mainline domestic fleet, with plans to install Wi-Fi on the entire mainline fleet by mid-2015.
United also plans to offer personal device entertainment on more than 200 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.