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Emirates has launched an inflight mobile phone service onboard an
In partnership with Emirates connectivity
partner, OnAir, passengers aboard Emirates’ A380 aircraft will now
be able to stay in touch via phone calls or through the mobile
data link on their personal devices with their family, friends and
colleagues while inflight.
The service is in addition to the OnAir
WiFi service already available on Emirates A380 aircraft.
The OnAir system allows passengers to use their
own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls and text
messages from Emirates A380 aircraft inflight, just as they would
on the ground, using EDGE/GPRS connections through their mobile
Emirates first A380 equipped with the full suite
of OnAir connectivity departed from Dubai international Airport to
Munich International Airport on 2 October and the first recorded
A380 inflight call was placed to China while the aircraft cruised
at 11,500 metres.
Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the
world and has now carried more than 10 million passengers flying
more than 150 million kilometres since the double decker was
introduced to its fleet in August 2008. The airline’s A380
operations is supported by more than 3,000 dedicated cabin crew,
and Emirates’ state-of-the-art facilities at Dubai International
Airport will soon be augmented by the opening of a dedicated A380 terminal early next year.
The OnAir mobile system
will be available on all future A380 deliveries and will be
retro-fitted to Emirates current fleet of 25 A380 aircraft.