My chat with OnAir CEO Benoit Debains wasn't all about that Airbus offerability issue. Indeed, we talked a lot about what OnAir is doing these days (essentially, the Airbus/SITA joint venture is cooking with gas).
So here is a list of key quotes and info from that conversation:
OnAir, which is supported by Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband aeronautical service, now has 21 commercial customers plus five or six VIP private customers.
At present, OnAir's GSM and GPRS solution is only flying on narrowbodies (Ryanair is a big fan). However, OnAir recently inked a couple of important deals with Hong Kong and Egyptair for equipage on Airbus A330s, indicating that OnAir is getting stronger in the long-haul market with its GSM, GPRS and Internet services (that's a space that rival AeroMobile has been focused on). Stay tuned to this space for a status update on Qantas' equipage of OnAir Internet on its A380s. The carrier currently offers OnAir's basic webchat and webemail to passengers.
OnAir's latest customers "are for the long-range market, and I'm considering that very soon we will announce more deals", reveals Debains.