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December 25, 2008

Royal Jordanian to provide inflight internet access

OnAir to power the service

By CBR Staff Writer

Royal Jordanian and OnAir, a provider of inflight passenger communications services, have signed an agreement, whereby the airline will provide passengers with OnAir’s inflight internet and mobile phone services, including e-mail, SMS and voice calls.

Samer Majali, president and CEO of Royal Jordanian, said: The OnAir service will enable Royal Jordanian passengers to use their mobile phones and BlackBerry-type devices to send and receive text messages and emails, and to make and receive mobile phone calls in flight, as well as to use their laptops to access internet.

Mr Majali pointed out that phase one of the agreement stipulates installing the system by the Airbus company in two Airbus A319 that will be joining the fleet in February 2009 and March 2009. The second phase of the agreement includes implementing the Mobile OnAir service on the airline’s single-aisle A320 family, installed with a standalone GSM/GPRS system at the end of 2009.

According to the airline, the passengers will be able to use their own mobile phones during flights, above 3,000 meters, whereas during take offs and landings, the service will not be operative. Mobile OnAir will allow unlimited text messages and e-mails to be sent, and will allow up to 11 simultaneous voice calls.

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