Ryanair to allow mobile phone use on flights

12th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 Septembe 2006, DUBLIN - Passengers on Ryanair will soon be able to call their friends from the air using their own phone. Next year, the Dublin-based airline plans to install 50 machines that receive and transmit signals on planes. Starting in 2008, the company's entire fleet of Boeing 737s should be fitted with the devices. Costs for the phone calls will be set by international roaming standards and charged to mobile phone bills. Air France announced in April that it will start using new Airbus A318s i

12 Septembe 2006

DUBLIN - Passengers on Ryanair will soon be able to call their friends from the air using their own phone.

Next year, the Dublin-based airline plans to install 50 machines that receive and transmit signals on planes. Starting in 2008, the company's entire fleet of Boeing 737s should be fitted with the devices. Costs for the phone calls will be set by international roaming standards and charged to mobile phone bills.

Air France announced in April that it will start using new Airbus A318s in 2007 that allow passengers to use their own mobile phones without disturbing the plane's navigation instruments. Between March and September 2008, passengers will get to try out the service on some European and North African routes.

Just like Ryanair, passengers will not be limited to using their mobile phones for making calls, scanning the web and sending text messages. They will also be able to use laptops or smart phones.

The final decision on whether Ryanair passengers will be able to use their mobile phones in the clouds is still up to certain government agencies. "A rewrite of Germany's Aircraft Electronics Operations Authorization is being considered," said Cornelia Cramer, spokeswoman for the German Federal Air Traffic Agency. For now, using mobile phones on board German airplanes remains forbidden.

The Swiss company OnAir is the technical partner for the mobile service with both Ryanair and Air France. If implemented, the mobile conversations will be routed through satellites and ground transmitters.

DPA

Subject: German news

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