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  1. Notes and Notables for Thursday, October 27 - View from the Wing

    […] Aramean says fleet-wide internet may finally be coming to United, albeit without timetable. Unquestionably United lags other carriers in this area, and while uptake […]

  2. Golfingboy
    Golfingboy 27 October 2011 at 10:35 am |

    I strongly hope that UA will have plans in place to allow monthly subscribers to use both systems under one account with one bill. It will royally suck if I have to pay $40 a month to two different providers. One thing I love about Gogo is that we can pay $40 a month and use it on any Gogo equipped aircraft, regardless of what airline we are flying on.

    So, this may be great news, but could be a total failure for frequent business travelers [at least for me] if they do not somehow centralize our accounts to let us use the service on PMUA/PMCO birds under one account with one monthly bill of $40-50. I ain’t paying Panasonic $40 a month and LiveTV another $40 a month.

  3. Erndog
    Erndog 27 October 2011 at 12:03 pm |

    From ViaSat:

    http://www.viasat.com/news/viasat-1-high-capacity-satellite-launch-successful

    http://blog.jetblue.com/index.php/2010/09/22/announcing-in-flight-connectivity-for-the-21st-century/

    Seems that ViaSat launch was for both JetBlue and United – the ViaSat press release notes that the spot beam is indeed a KA signal, for US and Hawaii coverage, but it also does mention something about “The complete system also includes the ViaSat SurfBeam® 2 ground system, already delivering high-speed broadband to Europe via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT.”

    So, maybe European coverage along with mainland US and Hawaii?

  4. unavaca
    unavaca 27 October 2011 at 12:03 pm |

    I am a bit disappointed they didn’t go with GoGo, as the latency on the Satellite-based systems really sucks. GoGo’s latency is roughly on-par with an EVDO (think Verizon/Sprint 3G) in the US.

  5. unavaca
    unavaca 27 October 2011 at 1:08 pm |

    @Seth — for my applications (ssh sessions for work), the satellite service is practically a non-starter :( VoIP is pretty much impossible, too.

  6. Upgrades coming to United’s p.s. in-flight internet - The Wandering Aramean

    […] United announced that they were going to equip their entire mainline fleet with connectivity only two providers were mentioned: LiveTV and Panasonic. The LiveTV solution will leverage the […]

  7. How Spot Beams Will Help Panasonic Provide Faster Wifi Onboard for Travelers Without Ka Band - >> The Cranky Flier

    […] will have that on a chunk of its domestic fleet as well. For the lion’s share, however, United has gone with Panasonic as have several others. But Panasonic isn’t going to Ka band. It’s sticking with Ku […]

  8. How Spot Beams Will Help Panasonic Provide Faster Wifi Onboard for Travelers Without Ka Band | IFE News

    […] United will have that on a chunk of its domestic fleet as well. For the lion’s share, however, United has gone with Panasonic as have several others. But Panasonic isn’t going to Ka band. It’s sticking with Ku band […]

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