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April 7, 2009

Qatar Airways to install Mobile OnAir communications service on Airbus fleet

Passengers stay connected inflight using their mobile phones and datacards

By CBR Staff Writer

Qatar Airways and Swiss inflight communications service provider OnAir have signed an agreement to provide Mobile OnAir inflight passenger communications services on the airline’s entire single-aisle Airbus fleet.

According to the airline, the agreement will see the installation of the technology on all 22 single-aisle Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft in the fleet as well as on several new aircraft on order. The aircraft currently operate on routes across the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka and across Europe.

The airline has said that the passengers will be able to stay connected inflight using their own mobile phones or BlackBerry-type devices to send and receive text messages and emails, and access the internet. They will also be able to access the internet using their own laptops fitted with GSM data cards.

Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, said: Our commitment is to provide travelers with the very highest levels of comfort and service in the air. Qatar Airways is at the forefront of technology in aviation and this move reflects our desire to remain one of the industry’s most innovative airlines.

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