Emirates AeroMobile inflight
mobile phone service will reach its five millionth user this week.
leading airline for mobile phone services onboard, Emirates has seen a 38
percent increase in passengers switching on their mobile phones and connecting
to the service in the last 12 months. The AeroMobile system allows
passengers to use their own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls and
text messages from Emirates aircraft in flight, just as they would on the
ground. Over 220 Emirates flights per day currently offer the AeroMobile
“Since AeroMobile was introduced on our flights in
March 2008, we have witnessed a remarkable rise in passenger usage. Reaching
the five million user mark is a significant milestone for Emirates and
showcases exactly how popular the service has become,” said
Patrick Brannelly, Emirates Vice President Corporate Communications Product,
Publishing, Digital and Events.
“Use of wireless mobile communications is growing
at an incredible speed across the world, taking over from the traditional wired
methods of yesterday. People like to be connected, even at 30,000 feet.
AeroMobile gives people the flexibility to switch on their mobiles during a
flight and, if they wish to, make a call or send an sms. Using a mobile phone
on an Emirates flight is now an everyday occurrence for our passengers and it’s
a service they have come to expect from us,” added Brannelly.
Statistics for this service
during 2010 included 227 phones turned on during a single flight, with up to 65
percent of passengers often switching on their phones.
this year Emirates is expected to turn on GPRS data functions for this service which
will allow Blackberry and iPhone users to surf the internet and send email