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United Airlines Cleared for Wi-Fi Onboard

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 6 Jun 2005 18:07:16 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) -- United Airlines, the world's second-largest carrier,
received regulatory approval Monday to install wireless Internet
access to its fleet in a partnership with Verizon Communications Inc.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave approval to United-parent UAL
Corp. to install the cabin equipment necessary to provide wireless
Internet connection to passengers and crew members on U.S. domestic
flights. United becomes the first domestic airline to get FAA approval
that allows passengers to surf the Internet while riding through the

United Airlines and Verizon, which already provides airfone
capabilities for the carrier, said it must still get approval from the
Federal Communications Commission before the new service can
officially launch. Both companies expect to have a date within the
coming months, following an FCC spectrum auction where service rights
and ranges of frequencies will be awarded to one or more onboard
Internet access providers.


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