Gadget lovers who like to fly first class will from this time next year have the chance to play with more gadgets in flight than ever before on United Airlines.
The airline has unveiled initial details about the previously announced $165 million upgrade to its international widebody fleet that includes a new luxurious United First Suite, which apart from promising to provide passengers with more privacy, personal space and comfort on overseas flights, will give them a host of goodies to play with.
Each suite offers a 15.4-inch widescreen flat panel monitor with an on-demand digital video and music system that offers multiple selections of movies, TV programs and video games.
United also will offer 50 channels of XM-branded audio content, delivering more than 3000 songs and a jukebox to create customized play lists.
Other features include a universal plug for laptop power, a USB port to charge PDAs, mobile phones and digital cameras, as well as an Apple iPod connector that enables customers to play their own music and video on their suite’s entertainment unit, as well as recharges the iPod unit.
You even get a set of noise-cancelling headphones for good measure, along with a fold-out chair that creates a fully flat 6-foot, 6-inch bed.
United has said that it will begin introducing the luxury First Suites in the fourth quarter of 2007 and upgrade its entire 97 aircraft widebody international fleet, which includes B767, B777 and B747 aircraft.