Emirates launches in-flight connectivity

Emirates launches in-flight connectivity

Summary: Emirates has launched Wi-Fi internet connectivity on 11 of its A380s, so that passengers can now use their smartphones, tablets and laptops to surf the web, email or tweet while aloft.

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Emirates has launched Wi-Fi internet connectivity on 11 of its A380s, so that passengers can now use their smartphones, tablets and laptops to surf the web, email or tweet while aloft.

(Credit: Emirates)

The airline said that it's installed the OnAir wireless network on its A380 aircraft last year, and has been trialling the connectivity with customers for many months now.

To gain access, passengers have to use their device's wireless connection to log on to the OnAir network. For mobile devices, price plans start at US$7.50, and for laptops, prices start at US$15.

"As a result of our testing, we were able to learn a lot about what people like to do with the internet in-flight, and are pleased to be able to launch with very affordable pricing options," said Patrick Brannelly, vice president of Corporate Communications Product, Publishing, Digital and Events of Emirates.

The service is now available on 11 of the carrier's 19 A380s that are currently in service, with Emirates saying that the system is set to be added to its entire fleet of A380s.

"Emirates has led the way in mobile phone use on-board, with 91 aircraft currently allowing the service," said Brannelly. "We are obviously delighted to launch OnAir Wi-Fi on our A380 aircraft, and we will continue to invest in additional communications products across our entire fleet."

In mid 2012, Emirates plans to deliver a full range of wireless connectivity, as well as mobile-phone and mobile-data services.

"Emirates recognises that being connected in-flight is increasingly important, especially on our longer flights. Adding internet access is going to be a vital and ubiquitous part of any in-flight experience, just as it is in everyday life on the ground," said Brannelly.

Topics: Networking, Travel Tech, Wi-Fi

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