United Airlines now owns the world’s largest fleet of aircraft that offer live television. This week it equipped its 200th aircraft with live television, offering passengers a choice of over 100 channels of live programming while flying to Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, as well as domestic flights.
The airline currently offers the live TV service on the majority of its Boeing 737 aircraft, as well as on many of its Boeing 757-300 aircraft. The service offers live news, sports, family entertainment and eight newly released movies each month. For customers travelling in United First, United Airlines' first class cabin, the service is complementary, but passengers flying in Untied Economy still have to pay for the service, with prices starting from $5.99.
"The launch of live television on our 200th aircraft, our introduction this year of flat-bed seating on the transcontinental 'p.s.' service and satellite Wi-Fi now being implemented on our entire mainline fleet reflect our commitment to advancing the in-flight experience for our customers," said Tom O’Toole, senior vice president of Marketing and Loyalty at United Airlines.
The new live televisions are also equipped with power outlets throughout all cabins that enable passengers to charge their mobile phones, laptops, iPads and Kindles, and other mobile devices. Passengers flying on the newly equipped planes will also have access to United Airlines’ on-demand entertainment service, which offers hundreds of films and programmes as well as music and games.
The installation of the live TV’s is part of the airline's new plans to invest in its onboard products. Other plans the airline is carrying out include equipping more than 200 aircraft with Wi-Fi by the end of this year and adding flat-bed seating to all of the airline’s long-haul carriers.
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