After a period of testing, Air France today officially launches a mobile communications service on board. Passengers on the company’s European flights are now able to send messages and make voice calls from three thousand meters above sea level.
To use the service, which accommodates up to six calls made simultaneously, just have the roaming active phone. The communications made will be taxed according to the prices charged by mobile operators.
Air France’s mobile phone service is offered in partnership with OnAir, which provides the conditions for making calls on board, through the SwiftBroadband solution.
The first time it was used was on December 17th of last year and since then it has been in effect for sending messages and consulting e-mails. It is now extended to voice calls, on flights performed in Europe with Airbus A318 aircraft. Whenever the service is available, passengers will be notified by cabin staff.
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