Qatar Airways signs Deal with OnAir for Inflight Internet and SMS Services

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 3 April 2009

Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with OnAir for the installation of Mobile OnAir inflight passenger communications services on board the airlines single-aisle fleet.

The agreement will see airline install the technology on all 22 single-aisle Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft in the fleet as well as several new aircraft on order. The aircraft currently operate routes across the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka and across Europe.

Passengers will be able to stay connected inflight using their own mobile phones or BlackBerry-type devices to send and receive text messages and emails, and access the Internet. They will also be able to access the Internet using their own laptops fitted with GSM data cards.

Airlines equipped with OnAir services can choose to provide voice and data or data services only, depending on time of day and passenger preferences.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that while the airline is stopping short of providing voice calls to passengers, it remains dedicated to providing passengers with the highest quality of service available in the air.

Introducing internet, email and sms services to our single aisle fleet recognises this demand and is an additional service that Im sure all airlines will adopt over time, Al Baker said.

Mobile OnAir uses some of the industrys most advanced and extensive infrastructure for mobile communications, along with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, high capacity services from Inmarsat 4th generation satellites.

Passengers can use Mobile OnAir to stay in touch as they fly on over 6,000 flights each month, to over 160 cities in over 34 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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