We’re bringing you innovative inflight entertainment options to help make your trip fly by. By 2015, we plan to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on all mainline aircraft – more than 600, total – plus one other flyer-friendly entertainment option, including DIRECTV®, personal on-demand entertainment or wireless entertainment. A key aspect of each entertainment option is choice: with DIRECTV, we provide more than 100 live television channels; with personal on-demand entertainment, we’ll be offering hundreds of movies and tv shows; and with wireless entertainment we'll offer an extensive catalog of more than 300 movies and TV shows, such as the award-winning “House of Cards,” available on your personal devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
“We're actively listening to our customers so we can make sure we're delivering the best choices in entertainment and connectivity," said our Passenger Systems managing director, Tarek Abdel-Halim. "The shift in customer demands drives our wireless entertainment program as more customers are bringing personal devices with them than ever before, so providing access to a vast library of content and power outlets are our priorities."
By the end of 2015, all domestic aircraft will feature Wi-Fi plus either DIRECTV or wireless entertainment. International and p.s.® Premium Service aircraft will offer Wi-Fi plus personal on-demand entertainment. The chart below shows a list of entertainment options by aircraft type, as well as details regarding particular aircraft and cabins.
Connectivity on more aircraft
Achieving the necessary certification for each fleet type for this new satellite technology has largely driven our installation pace to date. By early next year, we plan to be fully complete our Airbus A319 and A320 fleets and Boeing 747 fleet, with several other fleets underway.
“Installation of new equipment and reconfiguration of cabins on several of our fleet types take time, but, through 2014, we’ll be installing Wi-Fi on more than 30 aircraft per month on average, which is very aggressive considering the complexity and length of each installation,” said Tarek.
To further support inflight Wi-FI and entertainment options, we’ll begin adding power outlets to Airbus A319, A320, Boeing 747 and domestic Boeing 777 aircraft in 2015.
Know before you go
There are several ways you can learn what inflight entertainment your particular aircraft will offer. You can check the flight status of any flight on united.com or in the United app. Both display inflight amenities such as food, beverages, entertainment and in-seat power. For Internet service, check for a Wi-Fi decal on the side of the plane, take a look at gate information display screens (where available) and, when viewing flights online, go to the “Amenities” tab on united.com or in our mobile app.