United Airlines First To Offer International Wi-Fi In The Sky

Finally tired of being trounced by its competitors in the on-board internet arena, American company United Airlines has outfitted its first international wide-body plane with satellite-based Wi-Fi. The service should be rolled out to 300 additional aircrafts by the end of the year.

United's first foray into the new Wi-Fi capability is being granted to a trans-Atlantic and -Pacific Boeing 747, outfitted with Panasonic Avionics's Ku-band satellite technology. Passengers can pick between two internet speeds: a standard speed at somewhere between $US4 and $US15, or an accelerated speed ranging between $US6 and $US20.

Great news for anyone flying United, surely -- just be careful when using it. [PR Newswire]