First airline to offer full phone/wi-fi connection

Oman Air has become the first airline in the world to offer a full mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity suite on its commercial aircraft. The airline will offer the new services across its brand new Airbus A330 fleet from the middle of February.

The airline said it hoped the move will give passengers in First, Business and Economy classes the opportunity to make and receive mobile phone calls and SMS messages, use email and the internet and keep up to date with social networking media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Launching the new service, Oman Air’s chief executive officer, Peter Hill, said: “We are delighted to be leading the field by bringing the digital age to in-flight passenger communications. From mid-February we will be unrolling full connectivity across our Airbus A330 fleet, completing the task in the summer. This great new service will enrich the passenger experience and complement the stunning new interiors we are offering in all three classes of travel.

“For many travellers, the ability to communicate via phone, SMS, email or internet is a vital part of everyday life and staying in contact with friends, family or colleagues will constitute huge benefits for Oman Air’s customers. People are increasingly expecting internet and mobile connectivity ‘anywhere, anytime’ and what better place is there than on an Oman Air A330, when you have a few quiet hours to catch up on your email, browse the internet or return that quick phone call.”

Availability of the service will be controlled by the crew to ensure a minimum of disturbance to passengers during, for example, the quietest periods of overnight flights.

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