17 SEPTEMBER 2012
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Connectivity is now the buzz word at Singapore Airlines. The airline has formally launched an in-flight connectivity as part of a US$50m programme to bring internet and mobile data services to customers, even when flying at 35,000ft.
Following a recent soft launch on a limited number of aircraft, the system is now available on 14 aircraft in the fleet, including all five Airbus A340-500s which are deployed on the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles. Services have also been extended to more markets such as Australia, for which regulatory approvals had not previously been obtained.
Travellers can surf the internet, send and receive emails on smartphones and other electronic devices, and send and receive SMS text messages with GSM-compatible mobile phones.
Through a partnership with leading connectivity provider OnAir, the technology will be progressively rolled out across all of SIA’s long haul Airbus A380, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next two years.
Services are offered on routes on which equipped aircraft are deployed, subject to regulatory approvals from individual countries. www.singaporeair.com
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