British Airways is to introduce mobile phone technology on its business-class only flights between London City Airport and New York JFK.
It is set to be introduced in the autumn with passengers travelling on the twice-daily route able to send and receive text messages and emails during the flight, and access the internet.
The airline may consider the introduction of voice calls if the text messaging service proves successful, but they will not be permitted initially.
Emirates became the first airline to offer mobile technology in March 2008 on a flight between Dubai and Casablanca, before extending the technology to the rest of its fleet.
Budget airline Ryaniar recently said it would begin testing the technology, including voice calls, on at least 10 of its aircraft, with the intention of extending the service to the rest of its fleet.
BMI has also been testing a text message service on its flights between Heathrow and Moscow since last month.