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January 28, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

British Airways To Launch OnAir Communications Service

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London / Geneva – British Airways announced plans to launch OnAir’s inflight mobile communications service on its new twice daily, all business-class route from LondonCityAirport to New York City’s JFKAirport.

Passengers on this new service will be able to stay connected during the flight using their own mobile phones or BlackBerry-type devices to send and receive text messages and emails, and to access the internet. Internet access is also possible from 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 the day and passenger preferences.

In its public statement Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “This is a great service for our customers whom we know want to do business in the air or simply stay in touch via email or text. It’s a perfect fit for our new business class only services from LondonCity airport to JFK which we will launch later this year.”

A growing number of commercial airlines eithe currently offer OnAir inflight communications services or plan to offer them in the near future. These include Air Asia, Airblue, bmi, Jazeera Airways, Kingfisher, Oman Air, Royal Jordanian, Ryanair, Shenzhen Airline, TAM, TAP and Wataniya Airways. OnAir also serves private VIP and Governmental customers through partnerships with Airbus Corporate Jets, Aviation Centre Cologne and Jet Aviation.

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