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Thursday 20 December 2007<br /> Air France and OnAir launch World's First In-Flight Mobile Phone Service on Board International Flights<br /> Send and receive emails, sms and mms messages at 10,000 m!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Air France has become the first airline in the world to offer an in-flight mobile phone service on international flights.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Watch the vidéo<br /> Dowload document on in-flight mobile services<br /> Download hi res photos<br /> Using to the Mobile OnAir system, passengers travelling on board one<br /> of the Airbus A318 aircraft operating European routes can now:Send and receive sms and mms messagesSend and receive emails via all phones with Internet accessDuring<br /> the second half of the trial, passengers will be able to make and<br /> receive phone calls, with the service being regulated to maintain<br /> passengers’ comfort and well-being.

Thursday 20 December 2007

Air France and OnAir launch World's First In-Flight Mobile Phone Service on Board International Flights

Send and receive emails, sms and mms messages at
10,000 m!

 

Air France has become the first airline in the world to offer an in-flight mobile phone service on international flights.

Watch the vidéo

Dowload document on in-flight mobile services

Download hi res photos

Using to the Mobile OnAir system, passengers travelling on board one of the Airbus A318 aircraft operating European routes can now:

  • Send and receive sms and mms messages
  • Send and receive emails via all phones with Internet access

During the second half of the trial, passengers will be able to make and receive phone calls, with the service being regulated to maintain passengers’ comfort and well-being.

Customers on board this Airbus A318, with seating for 123 passengers, can find out more about this service in an information leaflet in seat pockets. Information will also be included in the cabin crew announcement. Air France welcomes feedback on this service from its passengers, who can fill in a twenty-question survey.

At the end of the six-month trial, Air France will examine the feedback and comments made by customers to determine whether to launch this service on all its flights.

"We are seizing every opportunity to offer customers the latest technological innovations, while continuing to make their travel comfort and well-being our main priority", stated Patrick Roux, Executive Vice President Marketing Air France.

Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir, said "We are delighted that Air France is the first airline to use the Mobile OnAir onboard mobile telephony system on international flights. This marks an important phase in the implementation of a new generation of in-flight services and we are confident that this trial will define the future standards in terms of in-flight passenger communication".

The Mobile OnAir onboard mobile telephony system, certified by EASA (European Aviation Safety Authority) does not interfere with the radio-navigation instruments on this Airbus A318 and may only be used at cruising altitude once the new illuminated sign "Switch off your phone" is turned off.  The system is activated at 3,000 metres (10,000 feet).

OnAir has roaming agreements with mobile network operators, including the three major operators in France: Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

How does it work?

  • Mobile phones connect to a miniature cellular network installed inside this aircraft.
    A modem transmits data and calls to a satellite that routes them to a ground station. Data and calls are then routed to the passenger’s usual telephone network. This network is located inside the aircraft. Passengers’ mobile phones only emit at minimum power, which does not risk harming interference with aircraft avionics or ground telecoms network.
  • Phones are used just like on the ground. To make a call on board the aircraft, passengers simply dial the international prefix (+) or 00 + country code + full number (without the 0).
  • The cost of data exchanges are invoiced by the customers’ telephone operator and are comparable to those used for normal international mobile phone calls.

Notes to editors:

> In addition to photographs, a video of the first commercial flight between Paris and Warsaw, AF1046, which took place on Monday 17 December 2007 can be viewed on the new Air France corporate website: Watch the vidéo

>   For television networks, an image database of this flight (approx. 8 minutes) including interviews with the first passengers to use this service and two Air France and OnAir directors is available on request from the Air France press office.

This image database has been sent, free of copyright, to the TV media agencies.

 

About Air France

Air France operates 1,700 daily flights with a fleet of 393 aircraft, including 134 regional aircraft operated by its subsidiaries Britair, CityJet and Régional. Air France and KLM together gave birth to Europe's leading air transport group in May 2004. Both airlines now offer their customers a combined network, which includes a total of 237 destinations in 104 countries. Air France is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with worldwide destinations, flights and services. Air France was founded in 1933.

About OnAir 

OnAir was incorporated in February 2005 and is owned by Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, and SITA, the world's leading provider of air transport focused applications, communications and IT infrastructure.

OnAir’s goal is to give airline passengers the ability to communicate from the sky. The OnAir service portfolio addresses passenger voice and data communications needs on both long- and short-haul flights, on commercial Airbus and Boeing aircraft, while focusing on passengers’ needs, offering choice, and ensuring an economically viable business model for airlines. OnAir is a member of the GSM Association and an Inmarsat Distribution Partner for SwiftBroadband services.

Further information can be found at www.onair.aero


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