Etihad aircraft offers inflight connectivity
Dubai, January 19, 2012
Etihad Airways’ first aircraft to offer inflight passenger connectivity services, enabling them to use their own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls, access mobile data services, and send and receive messages and emails, has taken to the skies.
The aircraft – three Airbus A330-300 and one Airbus A320 – are equipped with inflight passenger connectivity. Another connectivity-enabled Airbus A320 will be delivered in March, a statement from the airline company said.
The A320 is used primarily for short-haul routes throughout the Middle East, and some mid-length routes such as Istanbul, Athens, Minsk, Cochin, Bangalore and Mahé in the Seychelles, the statement said.
Onboard the A330-300 aircraft, guests will have the same mobile connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi internet capability for personal laptop and tablet use. The aircraft is used for long-haul destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva, Casablanca and Seoul.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer, said: “The modern traveller is increasingly reliant on mobile devices and the internet, not only to plan travel, but also to stay in touch throughout their journey. The introduction of these connectivity-enabled aircraft is an exciting first step in Etihad Airways’ long-term strategy to offer inflight connectivity solutions across our entire fleet of passenger aircraft.”
During the launch phase, Etihad Airways will offer inflight mobile and tablet connectivity from $10 and laptop Wi-Fi internet connectivity from $20, the statement said.
Mobile telephone calls will be charged according to the international roaming rates of guests’ mobile network provider, it said. – TradeArabia News Service