Continental jets may be equipped with in-flight internetContinental jets may be equipped with in-flight internet
Premium passengers on flights operated by Continental Airlines may soon be able to enjoy wireless internet access while in the air, reports SkyClub News.
The new Ka-band wireless internet connection will reportedly be provided by LiveTV, an in-flight entertainment company. Up to 200 Boeing 737 and 757 jets equipped with DirecTV will be fitted with internet routers.
According to the source, Ka-band offers users a premium internet experience, providing high transmission speeds able to support content-rich websites like YouTube. The system accesses the internet through ViaSat's ViaSat-1, a satellite that is expected to have the highest capacity in its class when it is launched later this year.
United Airlines, the carrier with which Continental is currently merging, now operates 14 jets equipped with in-flight internet. Of these planes, 13 use Go-Go Inflight Wifi, while the one remaining jet is equipped with Row 44 internet service.
In addition to the new in-flight internet, premium passengers can continue to enjoy the business class cabins on jets flown by Continental and United. These cabins are equipped with seats that convert into fully flat beds, giving travelers one of the most comfortable flight experiences provided by a U.S. airline.