Egyptair picks Onair for inflight broadband
Geneva, May 26, 2009
Egyptair, the national airline of Egypt, has selected OnAir, a Geneva-based provider of inflight communications, to install inflight mobile phone and Internet facilities on its fleet of twin-aisle Airbus 330-300 aircraft.
The services will be delivered over an 18-month period, starting August 2010, and will operate on European and North American routes as well as in the Middle East.
Egyptair passengers will be able to stay connected inflight using their own mobile phones or smartphones to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access the Internet.
Using the Internet OnAir service, passengers will be able to access the Internet just as they do on the ground by connecting their laptops either wirelessly or via a wired connection.
By OnAir providing both GSM/GPRS as well as Wi-Fi Internet, Egyptair’s passengers will have the broadest range of inflight connectivity options available anywhere in the world today.
“We are constantly looking to improve our offering to passengers,” said Captain Sherif Saad Eldin Galal, Egyptair’s chairman.
“This latest technology from OnAir helps us further differentiate our service, and enables our customers to stay in touch with colleagues, family and friends while they travel,” he added.
“OnAir is proud to be working with Egyptair,” said Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir. “The Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services together provide air travellers with a complete solution: a full range of service and the highest levels of performance whether they are using mobile phones, smartphones or their laptops – and with global coverage.”
Mobile OnAir uses the industry’s most advanced and extensive infrastructure for mobile communications, along with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, high capacity services from Inmarsat 4th generation satellites. This gives EGYPTAIR passengers the best reach and performance available today, said a report.
Passenger can use Mobile OnAir to stay in touch as they fly on over 6,000 flights each month, to over 240 cities in over 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
OnAir has operated more than 13,000 fully connected SwiftBroadband flights to date and has signed agreements with more than 15 airlines worldwide.
The Egyptair announcement comes amidst mounting demand for inflight passenger communications. A growing number of commercial airlines and private aviation companies either currently offer OnAir inflight communications services or will offer them in the near future, said the report. – TradeArabia News Service