8 DECEMBER 2014
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Air France and Orange are to test wi-fi on board short and medium haul flights during a three-month trial phase, from summer 2015.
Customers will be able to surf the internet, read their emails, watch live TV, or enjoy their favourite television series with wi-fi access offered by Orange, for a small fee, from summer 2015.
From a practical point of view connecting details and destination airport information will also be available.
Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France, said: “Being permanently connected has become an integral part of many of our customer’s daily lives, notably for business travellers on our short and medium haul flights. This innovative project conducted in partnership with Orange intends to meet this high expectation as closely as possible. With the wi-fi offer on board our aircraft, we hope to remain at the cutting edge of developments in digital technology.”
As part of this joint project, Air France is responsible for installing the equipment required for operating and maintaining the wi-fi service. Orange Business Services will oversee the technological solution, from the supply of the satellite network, which allows a wi-fi connection on board, to the portal accessible by passengers.
The French “Orange” operation is not connected with EE, which used to trade as Orange in the UK. www.airfrance.com
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