U.S. carrier AT&T will introduce a high-speed 4G LTE based in-flight Internet service next year.
Scheduled to launch in late 2015, the in-flight broadband service will provide passengers with fast WiFi and onboard entertainment.
AT&T expects the airlines will also benefit from its 4G LTE service by way of improved cockpit communications, maintenance operations and crew services.
The U.S. carrier intends to use spectrum it already owns to build an air-to-ground network in the continental U.S. to deliver in-flight broadband to passengers.
AT&T considers in-flight connectivity a natural fit given its experience in building wireless and wireline networks.
Although in-flight Internet services have been available for several years from providers like Gogo, passengers have generally found the experience to be below par.
Airline passengers have often been frustrated by inconsistent or slow connections.
AT&T plans to work with Honeywell to set up the in-flight Internet services.
Pricing details will be disclosed close to the launch of the service.