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AIX2010: OnAir service to enter Russian market

AIRCRAFT INTERIORS 2010: OnAir will start offering onboard connectivity services within Russia by June 2010, following the signature of an agreement with MegaFon, a leading Russia-based mobile network operator.

Under the agreement, MegaFon will operate its own branded air network onboard Aeroflot’s fleet under a licence agreement with OnAir. Passengers flying on Aeroflot equipped A330 and A320 family aircraft will be offered attractive mobile communication packages from MegaFon. The service will be based on Inmarsat’s Swiftbroadband (SBB) and will include GSM/GPRS and WiFi internet.

"Russia is a high-potential market. We are pleased to be the first to enter this market and the first to establish a new form of co-operation with mobile phone companies," explained Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir.

MegaFon’s head of new technology and projects department, Denis Nochevnov, added, "OnAir’s technology allows us to innovate and pioneer new services. This helps differentiate our service, and enables our customers to stay in touch with colleagues, family and friends while flying."

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