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INTERIORS: Qatar selects OnAir connectivity for A350s and A380s

Qatar Airways' Airbus A350 and A380 fleets will be line-fitted with both Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir connectivity.

Doha-based Qatar Airways has been operating OnAir's GSM service on its A320s for over three years. Following the latest deal, over 150 Qatar Airways' aircraft will have OnAir connectivity, including the carrier's Boeing 787s.

Qatar Airways' passengers have the choice of using either the GSM network or wi-fi. They can use their mobile phones and tablets for calls, texting, emailing, updating social media and surfing the Internet, with these services billed as international roaming. They can also access the Internet using any Wi-Fi enabled device.

"We have been operating Mobile OnAir for more than three years on some of our aircraft and it's clear that our passengers want, and are coming to expect, inflight connectivity," says Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways.

"We have seen high levels of usage of the OnAir services on flights to and from Europe, as well as on regional flights.

Ian Dawkins, chief executiv of OnAir, says: "Qatar Airways is the first of four airlines to date to have selected OnAir for its A350 fleet, and our fifth A380 customer."

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