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Emirates confirms OnAir A380 selection

Emirates and OnAir have agreed to install full Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in-flight passenger communications services on all 90 of the Airbus A380s ordered by the fast-expanding airline.

The installation will enable passengers to use their mobile phones, smart phones and BlackBerry devices to make voice calls, send SMS text messages or access data services wirelessly via their iPod, iPhone, iPad and laptops equipped with GPRS modems. Passengers using the Internet OnAir service will be able to access the Internet as they do on the ground by connecting their laptops via wireless connection.

The first OnAir-equipped Emirates Airbus 380 is due to enter service in June 2012. Emirates will start installing the OnAir connectivity features on its A380 aircraft at the beginning of 2011.

"Emirates’ inflight entertainment system is a consistent global award winner and we are constantly looking to enhance the services we provide to our passengers," says Emirates president Tim Clark. "Our decision to install a full set of in-flight connectivity services is part of our on-going effort to provide customers with the real-time access to information that they demand."

OnAir CEO Ian Dawkins says the airline has established itself as a pioneer of in-flight connectivity: "We are very proud that after rigorous evaluation they have chosen OnAir technology for their flagship aircraft fleet. In choosing SwiftBroadband technology, Emirates benefits from a powerful platform combining cockpit and cabin communications, and one that offers further evolution into the future, should market demand require."

OnAir adds that it has operated more than 120,000 fully connected flights to date to over 300 cities in 75 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and has signed agreements with more than 25 customers worldwide.

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