Boeing to Equip More Planes with Wi-Fi and Cellular Access

Boeing announced on Thursday that it plans to add in-flight Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity to more of its planes, which means more travelers will be able to get online while traveling.

The company already equips is 737s with equipment that allows airlines to offer on-bard Wi-Fi and cellular access, and will soon begin offering the same features for its 747-8 and 777 by the end of 2013. Boeings 787 can also be retrofitted with Wi-Fi, and the company says that it should get a "full set of connectivity offerings as a part of its standard catalog" by the end of this year.

In 2014, all new Boeing planes will have the option of providing wireless media streaming.

According to research company Global Industry Analysts, the worldwide market for in-flight Wi-Fi services is expected to hit $1.85 billion by 2018.