30 APRIL 2018
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Regulators have cleared the way for a breakthrough in inflight communication by Qatar Airways, which has become the first airline in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard.
The ruling by Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) allows the provision of internet service onboard aircraft at all altitudes. Connection previously was permitted only when an aircraft reached 3,000m (9,842ft) above sea level.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our passengers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted internet connectivity from the moment they step on board one of our flights in another significant enhancement to our levels of service.
“It also reflects CRA’s alignment with Qatar’s high rate of technology adoption across various sectors, particularly those affecting transport and communication that are strategic to our country’s future development and economic growth.”
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