Row 44 secures second live television customer

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Russia's UTair is the second airline to choose Row 44's streaming live television service for passengers' personal electronic devices.

The Surgut, Russia-based airline will install Ku-band connectivity and streaming video channels on its Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft in the third quarter of 2013.

Southwest is Row 44's launch customer for live television, which began testing the service in June and plans to outfit it on more than 400 wi-fi enabled aircraft before the year's end. Passengers stream the live television channels to their personal devices, which each airline selects.

Row 44 has been investing in infrastructure to expand its network to include the Russia and CIS regions and plans to turn on satellite coverage for the region in Q1 2013. UTair will be the connectivity provider's second Russian airline customer for wi-fi after Transaero, which signed a commitment in May for its narrowbody and Boeing 767 aircraft.

"We are operating in a technology-rich era where we see passengers today are more connected than ever to their friends, family, and businesses," says Andrei Martirosov, UTair chief executive. "Row 44 offers the only platform that both meets our desire to provide our passengers with reliable, affordable broadband, and the cutting-edge ability to deliver it to the devices passengers already use onboard."