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Call Me, Maybe? Now You Can from an Emirates A380

October 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM | by | ()

Now you can talk for as long as your cell phone battery will allow on your next long-haul flight with Emirates. The airline just announced the technology to allow passengers to use their mobile phone to make and receive calls while 38,000 feet up in their A380s. This is just another notch in the belt for the airline after being the first to offer passengers satellite phones in 1993. Remember those?

The first super jumbo equipped with the technology took off last week with at least one passenger using the service to call home on a flight from Dubai to Munich. It seems like all went well because the technology will be offered on all A380 jets the airline takes delivery of and they'll even retrofit the remaining 24 aircraft. Best of all, typical roaming charges apply and there's no additional charge if your provider has an agreement with OnAir or AeroMobile, the providers of the service.

We have a feeling that the phone bill will be a shocker enough.

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No Sleep 'Til Changi as Singapore Airlines Hooks Up In-Flight WiFi

Where: Singapore
September 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM | by | ()

You heard it here first in April and now, after five months of testing and tooling, A340s and select A380s and 777-300ERs will be able to log on in the air, no matter where that happens to be (with the exception of on the runway and under 10,000'). This includes the A340s that operate what's known as the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, Newark to Singapore.

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TAM Tweaks Their In-Flight WiFi to Include Long-Haul Flights

Where: Brazil
August 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM | by | ()

It’s been some time since we heard about TAM Airlines and their new in-flight technology, but now is a perfect moment to revisit the topic as they’re beginning to expand their travel tech.

While in-flight WiFi is available on certain short-haul trips, the big news is that TAM is now bringing the magic of in-flight accessibility to some of their long-haul flights as well. They’ll be using OnAir to provide all the behind-the-scenes magic, as they start to equip their Boeing 777s along with Airbus A330s and A350s. In total there should be roughly 80 jets when the mechanics, electricians, and engineers finally hang up their wrenches and wire cutters.

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In-Flight Phone Calls and Texting Hit Brazil's TAM Airlines

November 2, 2010 at 3:16 PM | by | ()

Jeez, it wasn't all that long ago when In-Flight WiFi seemed like it would be a rare dream occurrence, but then the airlines really got with it and set their sights on connectivity solutions for passengers. The newest airline to join the in-flight WiFi club is Brazil's TAM, who recently announced that internet is now available on select Airbus A321s, operating between Guarulhos, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza and Porto Alegre.

But wait! TAM's partnership with OnAir for this connectivity is more than just the internet; passengers can now also make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages on GPRS networks from their GSM phones. Of course your plane must be at cruising altitude before you can hit "power," but once you are, up to 8 passengers can use the calling and texting signal at once.

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This is the Future! Oman Air Successfully Starts Long-Haul In-Flight WiFi

March 5, 2010 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Happy Friday! Oman Air is officially the first airline to get long-haul in-flight WiFi up and running on one of its planes (Lufthansa's abandoned FlyNet of years ago doesn't really count).

Oman Air, which is already known for having some of the poshest airplane bathrooms, has just added to their in-flight amenities with all sorts of fun connectivity. The excellent announcements comes after a successful first flight with the WiFi onboard an Airbus A330 between Muscat and London-Heathrow. It might not be a super long-haul, 13+hour flight, but it's better than nothing.

The service is from OnAir, a company that hasn't worked to supply any US carrier with in-flight WiFi, although maybe they should think about it. Plus, the WiFi is joined by Oman Air's GSM/GPRS abilty, which allows passengers with the proper GSM/GPRS phones to make phone calls and even text message from 35,000 feet up. SWEEET.

Related Stories:
· Mobile and WiFi Internet Access on Oman Air [AsiaTravelTips]
· Phone Home from Oman Air, as They Allow In-Flight Cell Phones and Texting [Jaunted]
· In-Flight WiFi [Jaunted]

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