Ryanair, one of Europe’s largest low cost airlines,
has launched an inflight mobile phone service initially onboard 20 of
its (mainly) Dublin based aircraft. This is the first step in fitting
Ryanair’s entire fleet of over 170 aircraft to allow all passengers to
make and receive mobile calls and texts on all Ryanair flights.
Passengers on Ryanair’s 20 OnAir enabled
aircraft can now make and receive voice calls at (non–EU)
international roaming rates (£1.50-£3 pm) text messages (40p+) and
email (£1-£2) using their mobile phones, BlackBerrys and other
smartphones. The price tariffs are set by each mobile service
provider and are subject to each customer’s individual price plan.
The service will initially be available to “O2”
customers and to customers of over 50 other mobile phone operators
across Europe. At the launch OnAir confirmed that it is working
with other UK mobile operators (“Vodafone”, “Orange” and “3”) to
ensure that their customers can also keep in touch with the
office, family and friends when travelling.
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said that the launch is the first step to offering in-flight mobile phone
services onboard the airline’s entire fleet of over 170 aircraft over the
next 18 months.
“This service will allow passengers to keep in
touch with the office, family or friends. We expect customer
demand for this service to grow rapidly and hope that customers of
all UK mobile operators will soon be able to call or text home
from 30,000 feet to tell loved ones of yet another on time Ryanair
flight,” Mr O’Leary said.
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