Kuwait-based Wataniya Airways, a full-service
airline, is offering passengers mobile inflight passenger communications
services from OnAir.
The new commercial service, which will be
available across Wataniya Airways’ fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft,
took to the sky Saturday onboard a flight from Kuwait to Dubai.
With the new Mobile OnAir service, Wataniya
Airways passengers can stay connected inflight using their own
mobile phones or BlackBerry-type devices to send and receive text
messages and emails, and access the internet. Internet access is
also possible from their laptops fitted with GSM data cards.
“Passengers travelling with Wataniya Airways
appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch while they fly,
particularly given today’s rapidly changing economic environment,”
said George Cooper, CEO of Wataniya Airways. “Through our
partnership with OnAir, we are delighted to provide our passengers
with the industry’s most advanced mobile inflight passenger
communications services - including Inmarsat SwiftBroadband
services, which we are the first to offer in the region.”
A growing number of commercial airlines either
currently offer OnAir inflight communications services or plan to
offer them in the near future. These include AirAsia, Airblue, BA,
bmi, Jazeera Airways, Kingfisher, Oman Air, Royal Jordanian,
Ryanair, Shenzhen Airlines, TAM and TAP. OnAir also serves private
VIP and Governmental customers through partnerships with Airbus
Corporate Jets, Aviation Centre Cologne and Jet Aviation.
Wataniya Airways CEO, George Cooper also said
the airline has ambitious growth plans, “The flights to Dubai will
be followed soon by additional popular destinations in the region,
including Bahrain and Beirut in March, as our fleet of A320
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