Emirates offers mobile phone service on A380
Dubai, October 4, 2012
Emirates has launched the world’s first inflight mobile phone service onboard an A380 aircraft, setting another record for inflight communication.
In partnership with Emirates connectivity partner, OnAir, passengers aboard Emirates’ A380 aircraft will now be able to stay in touch via phone calls or through the mobile data link on their personal devices with their family, friends and colleagues while inflight.
The service is in addition to the OnAir WiFi service already available on Emirates A380 aircraft.
The OnAir system allows passengers to use their own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls and text messages from Emirates A380 aircraft inflight, just as they would on the ground, using EDGE/GPRS connections through their mobile service provider.
Emirates first A380 equipped with the full suite of OnAir connectivity departed from Dubai international Airport to Munich International Airport on October 2 and the first recorded A380 inflight call was placed to China while the aircraft cruised at 11,500 metres flying across the Gulf.
“Our goal on every flight is to exceed our passenger’s’ expectations. We believe that exceeding expectations should not only apply to our Cabin Crew’s award-winning inflight service and our Skytrax ‘World's Best Airline Inflight Entertainment’ ice system, but also to our passenger’s desire to stay in touch while travelling,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates vice president corporate communications product, publishing, digital and events.
Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world. - TradeArabia News Service