TAM Airlines clients will, in around a year, be
able to use their mobile devices aboard the company's entire long
haul-fleet, including Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
The decision to extend OnAir's services follows
nine months in which passengers have enjoyed the chance to make
phone calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access
the internet on selected TAM short-haul flights.
the cell phone network, passengers will be able to use their
mobile phones. They will also be able to use notebooks, tablets
and other devices compatible with WiFi to access the internet.
OnAir's connectivity services based on Inmarsat’s
SwiftBroadband will be deployed on TAM’s 12 Boeing 777-300ER
aircraft (four already in the fleet and eight to be received by
2014), as well as on 10 A330s and 27 A350s (to be delivered
between 2014 and 2018). Including 31 short-haul aircraft, out of
which four are already in service, a total of 80 aircraft will be
equipped with OnAir’s services over the next coming few years.
The long-haul service will be rolled-out from the second half
of 2012. Installation of the 31 short-haul planes has already
started, with OnAir connectivity gradually coming into service by
the beginning of next year.
José Zaidan Maluf, TAM’s Supply
and Contracts Vice President said, “Passengers want to stay in
touch during flights. We have seen that with the popularity of OnAir’s services on our short-haul aircraft. There is no doubt
that inflight connectivity will become ubiquitous and we are
determined to lead the way. That is why TAM will be the first
airline in the Americas to provide the full range of passenger
connectivity services on their long-haul fleet.”
TAM Airlines has received airworthiness certification
from ANAC for the short-haul aircraft and will submit a similar
request for the long-haul aircraft prior to installing the
connectivity system and activating OnAir services.
The system was
certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2009
and is flying with various major airlines.
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