Air France and KLM flights have partnered with
Panasonic Avionics to launch a joint inflight connectivity
programme on board their long-haul flights. Trials are expected to
commence in early 2013.
The system will enable customers to stay connected
with the world through text messages or emails as well as internet
connection and ultimately through live broadcasts of TV programmes.
On the specially designed inflight website, a broad
range of services will be offered for free, like latest news, TV
channels relevant airline and destination information and online magazines.
The trial phase will be
conducted over the year 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s, operated by
each airline. During this period, travellers will be able to hook
up to the internet via their Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, laptop or
tablet PC at a fixed rate, as well as use their mobile phone for
sms or e-mail, whatever their travel class.
“Being permanently connected
is now part of our customers’ daily lifestyles. This trial run is
the first step of Air France’s and KLM’s long-term strategy to
offer inflight connectivity solutions across our long-haul fleet.
We are pursuing our investments to even better serve our customers
and to remain at the forefront in terms of innovations and mobile
services,” said Christian Herzog, Senior Vice President
Marketing Air France KLM.
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