Posted on: 09 April 2014 by Mark Howells
SriLankan Airlines has signed up for OnAir’s inflight mobile phone and Wi-Fi services, and by the autumn, people flying from Colombo to destinations all over the world will be able to email, tweet, send text messages, make calls, and surf the internet during the flight.
Sri Lanka’s national carrier, due to join the oneworld alliance on 1 May, is renewing its long-haul fleet. Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir will be installed as linefit on the airline’s six new A330-200 aircraft.
“Connectivity is a must,” says Kapila Chandrasena, the carrier’s CEO. “Providing Wi-Fi and GSM access is the norm for leading airlines. We selected OnAir because it is the only inflight connectivity provider of consistent coverage on all the routes we fly.”
OnAir has regulatory approvals from over 100 countries, as well as roaming agreements with more than 375 mobile network operators. Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband network will enable global connectivity.
Liz Moscrop, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com