: Kiwi Passengers Stay In-Touch With Onair
Apr 06, 2011 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Air New Zealand passengers will soon be able to keep in touch on more domestic flights, with the expansion of its inflight connectivity service to an additional two aircraft.
The OnAir inflight mobile phone services means passengers onboard the domestic A320 aircraft can use their mobile phones, for calls, text messaging, email and mobile data, with the service operated via satellite.
The first of Air New Zealand's new domestic A320 fleet,, which features an exclusive black "Crazy about Rugby" livery, was the first aircraft in the country to be equipped with OnAir services in February 2011.
Two aircraft are currently offering the service on selected domestic routes, with the additional two being deployed by the end of this year. This makes Air New Zealand the first Pacific airline to roll out the services on a permanent basis.
Air New Zealand's General Manager Airline Operations Captain David Morgan says this new technology underlines the airline's commitment to provide its customers with innovative solutions to meet their needs.
"Feedback from our customers shows they value being able to stay in touch with work colleagues, friends and family while they are in the air," says Captain Morgan.
"This new inflight technology, which uses an aircraft-based cell site and Inmarsat satellites, will mean our customers onboard our new domestic A320 aircraft will be able to safely use their mobile to stay in touch by text, phone call and email."
"The decision of Air New Zealand to expand our services to two additional domestic aircraft is significant. It shows there is a demand from passengers to be able to make and receive calls, send sms, and check emails in the plane. The agreement also reinforces OnAir's position on all continents by expanding into the Pacific region but also sends another strong signal to the industry that inflight passenger communications has come of age - and is a must-have for airlines looking to remain competitive in the future," said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir.
OnAir provides industry-leading, on-board connectivity solutions that enable passengers to stay connected while they travel, and airlines and shipping lines to differentiate themselves through offering distinct services to customers. Present aboard airlines on five continents, OnAir provides the only air-travel industry sponsored solution for commercial airlines, private and corporate jets, Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and for long and short-haul flights. OnAir is the first provider of services based on SwiftBroadband, the latest high-bandwidth satellite technology from Inmarsat, which offers GSM, Mobile Data and Internet.
OnAir was incorporated in February 2005 and is owned by SITA, the leading IT solutions provider to the air transport world and Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer.
OnAir is a member of the GSM Association and an Inmarsat Distribution Partner for SwiftBroadband services.
Today OnAir has 36 customers, of which 20 are currently in service, including 14 airlines. The company also has regulatory approvals from 74 countries and 335 roaming agreements.
More information about OnAir is available at www.onair.aero
For further information: OnAir: Aurlie Branchereau-Giles Head of PR and Communications Tel: +41 (0)22 747 6360 E-mail: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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