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Saudi Arabian Airlines signs Inflight Mobile Communications Deal with OnAir

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Saudi Arabian Airlines is to install full SwiftBroadband Mobile OnAir and WiFi Internet OnAir inflight passenger communications services on its fleet of twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft flying international routes. The airline is expecting delivery of the first A330 in April 2010.

Saudi Arabian Airlines passengers will be able to stay connected inflight using their own mobile phones or BlackBerry-type devices to make and receive phone-calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access the internet. Using the Internet OnAir service, passengers will be able to access the internet and VPN networks, just as they do on the ground by connecting their laptops either wirelessly or via a wired connection.

On Airbus A330, the service will be operate on AlnaV2 which will also provide the airline with a host of new improvements such as the use of cockpit and cabin crew applications as well as comprehensive integration with Inflight Entertainment systems.

His Excellency Eng. Khalid Abdullah Almolhem, Director General, Saudi Arabian Airlines said, “Providing this service is part of our ongoing drive to differentiate what we offer and to constantly improve levels of service for our customers. As we renew our fleet of aircraft, Saudi Arabian Airlines passengers will be able to stay in touch with colleagues, family and friends while they travel. We selected OnAir because we believe it provides the most technologically advanced system and the most comprehensive set of features and benefits to our passengers.”

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.

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