Airline service provider has launched network services on Etihad Airways 500-seater A380 plane
Airborne mobile communication provider AeroMobile has linked up with Etihad Airways to launch its mobile network on the airline’s range of the world’s biggest passenger aircraft.
The Etihad airways A380-800 plane made its inaugural flight with AeroMobile’s services, from Abu Dhabi and landing in London Heathrow on February 13.
The aircraft can carry up to 498 guests – 417 in economy, 70 in business class, and nine in first class – and is the first of its kind to carry AeroMobile’s services. It will now be rolled out to the rest of Etihad’s A380 fleet.
AeroMobile provides connectivity on 59 Etihad aircraft worldwide serving destinations in the Middle-East. The service allows passenger to roam on their mobile phones while airborne, meaning they can use normal mobile services while flying.
The UK-based service provider is currently available across 13 airlines, including Emirates, Etihad Airways , Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.
The service launched in March 2008 and AeroMobile said more than 23.6 million passengers had connected to it since then. It has roaming agreements in place with 285 operators in more than 130 countries worldwide, including EE, Three, Vodafone and O2 in the UK.
AeroMobile CEO Kevin Rogers said: “It’s very exciting to kick off 2015 with our first AeroMobile-connected A380. With demand for inflight connectivity increasing year-on-year, we’re looking forward to continued momentum in installed aircraft and passenger demand in 2015.”