In-flight mobile communications provider AeroMobile is to provide its services on Virgin Atlantic’s new fleet of Airbus A330s.
The 10-strong fleet will come into service early next year and the AeroMobile technology will be installed post-delivery. It will enable Virgin Atlantic passengers to make calls and send text messages or email from 35,000 feet.
AeroMobile’s service on Virgin Atlantic’s incoming fleet is delivered through eXPhone and forms part of Panasonic Avionics’s eX2 IFEC platform. Virgin Atlantic is one of the first European carriers to adopt this technology. The eXPhone system will initially be operating over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband and supports Virgin Atlantic’s desire to move towards full connectivity with Panasonic Avionics on future aircraft.
AeroMobile CEO Bjorn-Taale Sandberg said: “This milestone announcement with Virgin Atlantic underlines our position as the most successful in-flight GSM service in the market today. The majority of Airbus aircraft in service today with in-flight cellular connectivity are served by AeroMobile.
“We are proud that Virgin Atlantic has chosen us for their next big step into the future of in-flight passenger experience. We are both used to pushing the boundaries on behalf of our customers so it’s a great breakthrough for us.
“We are now achieving real scale for our business, underlining that our technology is now recognised by both passengers and airlines is a ‘must have’.”