Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with OnAir for
the installation of Mobile OnAir inflight passenger communications
services on board the airline’s single-aisle fleet.
The agreement will see airline install the
technology on all 22 single-aisle Airbus A319, A320 and A321
aircraft in the fleet as well as several new aircraft on order.
The aircraft currently operate routes across the Middle East,
India, Sri Lanka and across Europe.
Passengers will be able to stay connected
inflight using their own mobile phones or BlackBerry-type devices
to send and receive text messages and emails, and access the
Internet. They will also be able to access the Internet using
their own laptops fitted with GSM data cards.
Airlines equipped with OnAir services can choose
to provide voice and data or data services only, depending on time
of day and passenger preferences.
Qatar Airways Chief
Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that while the airline is
stopping short of providing voice calls to passengers, it remains
dedicated to providing passengers with the highest quality of
service available in the air.
email and sms services to our single aisle fleet recognises this
demand and is an additional service that I’m sure all airlines
will adopt over time,” Al Baker said.
Mobile OnAir uses some of the industry’s most
advanced and extensive infrastructure for mobile communications,
along with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, high capacity services from
Inmarsat 4th generation satellites.
Passengers can use Mobile OnAir to stay in touch as they fly on
over 6,000 flights each month, to over 160 cities in over 34
countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
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