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United Airlines passes satellite Wi-Fi milestone

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) said it has launched its 100th aircraft equipped with satellite Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.

United said it is outfitting approximately 30 aircraft each month with satellite Wi-Fi technology and expects to have nearly 200 aircraft equipped with the service by the end of 2013.

The airline currently offers satellite Wi-Fi on 13 Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747 aircraft, which fly international routes to and from San Francisco the country´s premier trans-Pacific hub as well as routes to and from Los Angeles.

United also offers satellite Wi-Fi on more than half of its combined fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, which operate in North America markets, and air-to-ground Internet connectivity on its entire fleet of Boeing 757 transcontinental p.s. Premium Service aircraft, which operate between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The carrier currently offers live television on 200 aircraft and plans to equip those aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi. The airline expects to introduce the first Boeing 737 aircraft equipped with Ka-band satellite technology into service later this fall.

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