Emiratesí inflight mobile phone service provider
AeroMobile, is expected to register its five millionth user next
Emirates says it has seen a 38% increase in
passengers switching on their mobile phones and connecting to the
service in the last 12 months.
The AeroMobile system allows passengers to use
their own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls and text
messages from Emirates aircraft inflight, just as they would on
the ground. Over 220 Emirates flights per day currently offer the
ďSince AeroMobile was introduced on our flights
in March 2008, we have witnessed a remarkable rise in passenger
usage. Reaching the five million user mark is a significant
milestone for Emirates and showcases exactly how popular the
service has become,Ē said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates Vice
President Corporate Communications Product, Publishing, Digital
and Events. ďUse of wireless mobile communications is
growing at an incredible speed across the world, taking over from
the traditional wired methods of yesterday. People like to be
connected, even at 30,000 feet. AeroMobile gives people the
flexibility to switch on their mobiles during a flight and, if
they wish to, make a call or send an sms. Using a mobile phone on
an Emirates flight is now an everyday occurrence for our
passengers and itís a service they have come to expect from us.Ē
During the last year Emirates says it witnessed a
42% growth in passengers sending and receiving sms from
their phone, and an 11% growth in phone calls. Throughout
this period, customers also continued to use Emiratesí existing inseat phone and messaging services.
In 2010 the highest
number of phones switched on during a single flight was 227, with
up to 65% of passengers often switching on their phones.
Adding to its already robust inflight offering Emirates will soon
introduce a GPRS data capability allowing the use of BlackBerry
type devices on some aircraft.
Currently Emirates has 85
aircraft installed with the AeroMobile system, operating to over
85 destinations. An average of two Emirates aircraft are fitted
with the system each month.
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