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Airlines To Test In-Flight Calls Over Europe

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Sep 20, 2005, 2:29 PM   by (staff)

Two European airlines will trial cellular phone calls on flights in Western Europe next year. TAP (Air Portugal) and BMI (a British discount airline) will both equip a few of their planes with the OnAir calling system developed by Airbus and SITA. Passengers on OnAir equipped flights will be allowed to turn their phones on and make calls once planes have reached 10,000 feet, when use of other electronic devices is normally permitted. Usage patterns and other issues will be observed during a three month trial period. The airlines and OnAir will then evaluate these factors before large scale rollouts of the service. Call pricing has not yet been announced.

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