United Airlines Is First US Carrier to Offer Wi-Fi Across the Atlantic

I hadn’t seen this announcement previously:

United Airlines flew its first 747 equipped with wi-fi for trans-oceanic travel yesterday, making it the first U.S. airline to offer wi-fi service while flying over an ocean.

They offer 2 speeds, a standard version that is priced from $3.99 to $14.99, and an accelerated version that is priced from $5.99 to $19.99.

The airline will be outfitting the rest of its long- and short-haul fleets with wi-fi over the coming year.

Delta has also announced that it will offer over-water wi-fi in the first half of this year.

For business travelers, this is a huge bonus. Last year I flew a Lufthansa plane equipped with wi-fi back from Frankfurt, and the ability to get through emails so I didn’t have a huge pile of them when I landed was absolutely fantastic. $20 is a bargain.

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