British Airways and OnAir today launch inflight
connectivity services aboard the airline’s premier business-class
only service linking London with New York.
The new service allows British Airways’ passengers
between the two major business hubs and stay connected inflight to
their business, family and friends using their own mobile phones
or smartphones (such as a BlackBerry device) for text messages,
emails and Internet access.
The service, London
City airport’s first ever long-haul route, has the airline’s most
prestigious flight number, BA001, previously used by Concorde and
is supported by specially configured Airbus A318s, the largest
aircraft that can be flown from the airport.
Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive said, “Every aspect of
this service has been designed to maximise convenience for
customers to fly between the world’s two biggest business centres
– Wall Street and London’s extended financial district in the City
and Docklands. The UK’s first mobile phone access on transatlantic
flights means that customers can work and keep in touch with the
office between London and New York via email and texts.”
Air passengers today can use
Mobile OnAir to stay in touch as they fly on over 10,000 flights
each month, to over 280 cities in over 70 countries across Europe,
the Middle East and North Africa. OnAir has operated more than
65,000 fully connected SwiftBroadband flights to date.
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