Saudia to launch 777-300ER connectivity this week

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Saudia will launch OnAir's wi-fi and mobile services on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this week, says Geneva-based connectivity provider OnAir at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) expo in Anaheim this week.

The Saudi Arabian flagship carrier will first offer the connectivity on flights to Toronto and then Los Angeles.

"We are supporting Saudia as it expands its coverage of strategic routes to Europe and North America, says Ian Dawkins, OnAir's chief executive. "These are important routes for business travellers, who need to remain in contact during the flight."

Saudia is in the process of installing the services on 20 Boeing 777-300ERs. The services will be delivered to passengers through Thales' TopConnect in-flight entertainment platform.

Saudia has offered OnAir's connectivity on its A330s for the past three years, with 80% of passengers connecting with a smartphone or tablet.