Satnews Daily
September 5th, 2010

OnAir Egyptians Communicate From Pyramids To The Skies

[SatNews] OnAir, the world’s leading provider of inflight communications, launched full Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir inflight passenger communications services on the first of EGYPTAIR’s fleet of twin-aisle Airbus 330-300 aircraft. There are more scheduled to be equipped in coming months. The aircraft operates to London.

  EGYPTAIR customers will be able to stay connected inflight using their own mobile phones or smartphones. Customers will also be able to access the Internet just as they do on the ground by connecting their laptops wirelessly. In providing both GSM/GPRS as well as Wi-Fi Internet, OnAir enables EGYPTAIR’s customers to have available to them the broadest range of inflight connectivity options available anywhere in the world today, enabling them for example to surf the Internet, check the weather forecast at destination, buy theatre tickets, or make arrangements for transport from their airport to their place of residence – all of this as well as checking in with colleagues or putting in a goodnight call to a loved one.

EGYPTAIR Airlines Chairman and CEO, Captain Alaa Ashour, said, “Today, we are providing EGYPTAIR customers with the latest services and greater choices. OnAir inflight connectivity helps us further differentiate our offering, and enables our customers not only to stay in touch but to access online services as they travel.”

“We’re delighted to be helping provide EGYPTAIR customers from today with a full range of connectivity services as they travel – services that travelers are increasingly expecting to have at their disposal. Within 2 to 3 years, we’re convinced that all airlines will demand this level of onboard mobile communications,” said Ian Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of OnAir.

Mobile OnAir uses the industry’s advanced and extensive infrastructure for mobile communications, along with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, high capacity services from Inmarsat 4th generation satellites. This gives air travelers the best reach and performance available today.