APEX 2013: Saudia’s new B777s enter service with full connectivity

Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir connectivity will go into commercial service on new Saudia's B777-300ER aircraft later this week.

The airline's passengers will be able to email, browse the Internet, update social media, text and talk on the phone as they fly between the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, the UK and the US.

The OnAir connectivity uses Thales’ TopConnect solution, which will be line fitted to all remaining deliveries of Saudia’s B777-300ERs. This week’s service entry comes just five months after the deal for the whole 20-strong B777-300ER fleet was first announced.

Passengers on the Saudia A330 fleet have already been enjoying OnAir connectivity for the past three years. Over this period, 80% of passengers who connected to Internet OnAir used a mobile phone or tablet.

Saudia has completed its preparations to operate its first flight to Toronto, Canada and flights will soon operate to Los Angeles.

Steve Nichols, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Anaheim, CA, USA

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