United Airlines brings live TV to passengers

United Airlines brings live TV to passengers

United Airlines has equipped its 200th aircraft with live television, offering customers more than 100 channels of live programming while in-flight.

United currently offers live television on most Boeing 737 aircraft and on many of its Boeing 757-300 aircraft.

In addition to live news, sports and family entertainment, passengers can enjoy up to eight newly released movies a month.

The service is complimentary for passengers in United First and available for purchase in United Economy starting at $5.99 and varying depending on the length of flight.

“The launch of live television on our 200th aircraft, our introduction this year of flat-bed seating on the transcontinental ‘p.s.’ service and satellite Wi-Fi now being implemented on our entire mainline fleet reflect our commitment to advancing the in-flight experience for our customers,” said Tom O’Toole, senior vice president of marketing and loyalty, United.

Live television-equipped aircraft also feature power outlets in United First and United Economy Plus, enabling most passengers to charge their cell phones, laptops, e-readers and other mobile devices.

The expansion of live television on United aircraft comes as the airline continues to invest in its onboard products.