By mid-2015, United Airlines plans to install in-flight Wi-Fi on the majority of its regional jets. United began the outfitting process earlier this year, starting with its regional aircraft of over 200 E175s, E170s and CRJ700s. Gogo's ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi product will be used on-board to allow even more passengers to stay connected during their flight. Wi-Fi is available on select aircraft only at cruising altitude and will automatically disconnect when the cabin is preparing for landing or take-off.
Their Wi-Fi is accessible on any devices but only one device at a time per passenger. On aircraft equipped with DIRECTV®, United Wi-Fi service is available from take-off to landing, as long as the flight crew has not announced that personal electronic devices must be temporarily stowed. Passengers can check if their aircraft has Wi-Fi by looking for the Wi-Fi logo on the side of the plane while boarding or by listening to the announcement by flight crew.
Currently, United does not provide wireless-enabled devices but the airline will begin a roll-out of personal device entertainment this year also on its regional jets. These offer hundreds of complimentary movies and television shows, and can be viewed on any iOS or Android device, as well as laptops. What’s more, the US carrier is planning to improve passenger experience further by upgrading the premium meal service on United Express and adding 120 E175 aircraft to the regional fleet.