Air New Zealand's new Boeing 777-300 aircraft
will have mobile phone and data capability. The first aircraft is
due for delivery in November this year.
The introduction of the new service will enable
Air New Zealand’s customers to use their iPhone, Blackberry and
GSM mobile phones to send and receive emails and text messages
during their flights.
“Feedback from our customers has
shown they wish to be able to text, and check emails, to stay in
touch with friends, family and colleagues during their long-haul
flights,” said Ed Sims Air New Zealand Group General Manager
The new service will also enable
customers to use their Netbooks or laptops used in conjunction
with their mobile broadband connection (e.g. Telecom’s T-Stick and
Vodafone’s Vodem) to access their emails and internet.
Based on recent customer feedback, Air New Zealand
has said it does not
currently plan to enable voice calls onboard.
onboard our new Boeing 777-300 aircraft will be able to use their
own GSM/GPRS devices safely when the system is activated during
the cruise stage of flight,” said Mr Sims. “Passengers will
also be requested to keep their phones on ‘silent’ mode.”
Air New Zealand is delivering this service to its customers in
partnership with Aeromobile. Customers will be billed by their own
mobile service provider, as with any other international roaming
Standard inflight roaming costs apply, which with
Telecom XT is 80c per outbound text and no cost to receive them.
The cost for mobile broadband is a staggering $40 per megabyte of data.
Other mobile phone providers, including Vodafone, will be
confirming pricing in the coming months.
The new mobile
text and data service is subject to regulatory approval.
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