UPDATED to note that LiveTV is still the Ka-band connectivity supplier for United-Continental’s domestic Continental fleet.
Also, United-Continental says it will offer Wi-Fi across its ENTIRE mainline fleet.
With Panasonic winning United’s business (and LiveTV retaining the Continental contract), the United States domestic market has four connectivity providers – Gogo, Row 44, LiveTV and Panasonic. Can they all survive?
United-Continental today announced that it has committed to offer in-flight Wi-Fi across the ENTIRE MAINLINE United fleet, and promised more details later.
But multiple sources tell RWG this morning that Panasonic Avionics has won the massive deal, and that it could be even bigger (i.e. it could include long-haul aircraft!).
It’s “huge”, says one source.
I’m trying to scratch up more details about this mega-deal right now, so stay tuned!
Panasonic’s connectivity system operates over Ku-band satellites. United-Continental previously announced it will offer LiveTV’s Ka-band system on the Continental portion of its domestic fleet.