airberlin introduces 3G internet

airberlin has become the first airline to offer AeroMobile’s 3G eXPhone service, with the announcement that it is installing 3G connectivity across its entire long-haul fleet, beginning with an Airbus A330-200.

Utilising Panasonic’s Ku service, the upgrade from 2.5G connectivity to 3G will give passengers faster connection speeds and a more responsive experience on-board. Charges are set by a passenger’s home mobile service provider and added to their monthly bill. Telephony will remain prohibited on airberlin flights.The new 3G service is part of "airberlin connect", the airline's internet service. airberlin is the first German airline to offer internet access not only on long-haul routes, but also on short- and medium- haul flights. The internet service brings airberlin passengers on short and medium-haul flights an entertainment menu featuring more than 180 hours of films and TV series and films, which can also be enjoyed on a passengers’ own devices. RAVE in-seat entertainment system will continue to be offered on long-haul flights.AeroMobile will start to roll-out 3G connectivity across other partner airlines in the months ahead.“After enabling the first ever inflight connectivity with a mobile phone on a commercial aircraft in 2008, it’s extremely exciting that we now offer passengers 3G connectivity – another world first. This provides a significant change to the speed of connectivity for passengers using their phones in-flight and supports their desire to always be connected”, said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.

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