Low-cost carrier AirAsia is poised to be the first airline in Asia to provide in-flight mobile communications.
The service will be deployed across AirAsia's entire fleet beginning early 2009, following a signing of a memorandum of understanding recently between it and mobile service provider OnAir at the Paris Air Show.
In addition, AirAsia's new fleet of 150 Airbus A320s are also expected to be fully equipped with the service by 2013.
While further details and call charges remain unconfirmed, an AirAsia spokesman said the service would allow passengers to use their mobile phones to make and receive calls and also to send and receive text messages.
"Users of the service will also be able to send e-mail via their Blackberry devices or smartphones during flights," said the spokesman.
A statement from the airline also quoted its deputy chief executive, Kamarudin Meranun, as firmly believing in the importance of providing the ability to communicate during flight.
"It is vital to offer our clients this service in the era of information technology," he said.
Source : STAR
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