Emirates have just announced they have recently
installed technology to allow passengers to use of mobile phones in-flight. This is a great development that all who
travel for business will either love or loath for keeping in touch. I just want
to know the cost surely it won’t cost any more than the current in-seat
solution, the full Emirates press release is below:
has again proved itself an aviation industry pioneer after becoming the first
airline to introduce inflight mobile phone services on a Boeing aircraft.
award-winning airline recently installed the technology, which allows
passengers to make calls and send SMS text messages via their mobile phones
during flights, on a Boeing 777-300.
Brannelly, Vice President, Passenger Communications & Visual Services, said
the inflight mobile phone technology will offer greater services and additional
communications channels to Emirates’ passengers.
Brannelly added: “Travellers booked on the Boeing 777, which carries the
inflight mobile phone services, will now be able to continue communicating with
family, friends or business associates on the ground while travelling in the
skies. The technology is another example of our dedication to always being the
first airline to offer passengers groundbreaking technology and services.
777-300 carrying the new system is operating on several Emirates routes,
including services to Europe and
first installed the technology, which was created by inflight mobile phone
technology developer AeroMobile, on one of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft in
March – enabling the world’s first authorised phone calls on a commercial
then, the airline has installed the technology on 10 aircraft, including
A340-300, A340-500, A330-200 and Boeing 777 planes. Emirates plans to introduce
the inflight mobile phone systems to other aircraft, with the airline’s
maintenance division taking less than two days to complete the work.
inflight calls made by Emirates’ passengers usually occur during daytime
flights, with minimal usage on night services. The average length of calls is
around 2.5 minutes, while the text messaging capability is also proving very
popular among passengers.
Emirates has guidelines for the appropriate use of phones on board, including
requesting passengers to have their phones switched to “silent” mode during
flights. The airline’s award-winning cabin crew are also able to control and
monitor use of the system, and will be in full control of it throughout
AeroMobile Chief Executive Bjorn-Taale Sandberg
said: “The installation of our system on board Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft is
another first for AeroMobile, and clearly demonstrates our ability to offer our
technology to airlines using either Boeing or Airbus aircraft. The number of
Boeing 777s operated by Emirates and other AeroMobile customers means that this
introduction is a key step in allowing passengers to keep in touch when they
“There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback since the service launched in
March, with between 40 to 60 per cent of passengers switching on their phones
on flights where the service is available,” he added.”