SAS is using FaceBook to break the news that it intends to offer in-flight mobile and Internet connectivity on both European and intercontinental routes.
There is no word yet on whether this former Connexion by Boeing customer has opted to offer OnAir’s mobile and Wi-Fi solutions (which are supported by Inmarsat SwiftBroadband) or another offering from the likes of Panasonic Avionics/Aeromobile or Row 44 (via Ku band satellites).
SAS operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. However its widebodies are Airbus-made, which makes me wonder if the carrier will offer OnAir’s solutions (as OnAir is a joint venture between Airbus and SITA).
One thing SAS has confirmed, however, is that the mobile connectivity will be limited to text and GPRS data. No voice calls yet!
Check out the entire FaceBook thread to stay abreast of what’s going on. SAS is answering some questions.
SAS to offer in-flight connectivity (again)
By Mary Kirby on October 13, 2010 in Air Transport, In-flight Entertainment/Communications, Mobile Applications, Original Equipment Manufacturers
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