Lifestyle & Travel
Dec 1, 2014
Emirates offers the world's first inflight mobile phone service onboard an A380 aircraft, setting yet another record for inflight communications.
In partnership with Emirates connectivity partner, OnAir, passengers aboard Emirates' A380 aircraft will now be able to stay in touch via phone calls or through the mobile data link on their personal devices with their family, friends and colleagues while inflight. The service is in addition to the OnAir WiFi service already available on Emirates A380 aircraft.
Emirates has long set the industry standard for the latest inflight innovations and connectivity.
It was the first airline to equip entire Airbus fleet with in-flight phones, in 1993; first airline to equip entire Airbus fleet with in-flight fax machines, in 1994; first airline to offer live BBC text news headlines on its aircraft, 2003; personal in-seat email and SMS installed throughout the fleet, in all classes, since 2006; the first airline to offer onboard mobile telephone services in collaboration and, in 2011, Emirates launches Wi-Fi internet access on A380 in conjunction with OnAir.
The OnAir system allows passengers to use their own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls and text messages from Emirates A380 aircraft inflight, just as they would on the ground, using EDGE/GPRS connections through their mobile service provider. Emirates first A380 equipped with the full suite of OnAir connectivity departed from Dubai international Airport to Munich International Airport on 2 October and the first recorded A380 inflight call was placed to China while the aircraft cruised at 11,500 metres flying across the Gulf.
Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world and has now carried more than 10 million passengers flying more than 150 million kilometres since the double decker was introduced to its fleet in August 2008. The airline's A380 operations is supported by more than 3,000 dedicated cabin crew, and Emirates' state-of-the-art facilities at Dubai International Airport will soon be augmented by the opening of the world's first dedicated A380 terminal early next year.
The OnAir mobile system will be available on all future A380 deliveries and will be retro-fit to Emirates current fleet of 25 A380 aircraft.