24 SEPTEMBER 2012
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Thai International is the latest airline to sign up with AeroMobile for its future passenger airborne connectivity services, which uses the Panasonic eXPhone system.
Thai will be equipping 14 Boeing B777-300ER and B747-400 aircraft. Other recent sales successes include Singapore Airlines for their new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. Aer Lingus is expected to introduce the equipment as early as December 2012 whilst Etihad, Lufthansa, Turkish and Scandinavian are expected to offer the service very shortly.
"We believe this is going to be standard in most airlines", said Pal Bjordal, AeroMobile CEO. "You will have connectivity in the air in the same way you have connectivity on the ground".
The eXPhone enables passengers to use their own mobile phones, smart phones and BlackBerry devices onboard to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS text messages, and use GPRS services such as email and internet access, in exactly the same way as when roaming internationally for calls, text messages social media, internet and email.
AeroMobile, based in Crawley, near Gatwick Airport, is a majority owned division of Panasonic. www.aeromobile.net
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