Posted on: 06 February 2014 by Mark Howells
OnAir has been named “Best connectivity provider” at the inaugural Inflight IFEC Awards which were held during the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Middle East show in Dubai.
OnAir was recognised for consistent coverage and for having the most airline customers in the Middle East, including Oman Air who became the first airline to offer the combined Wi-Fi and GSM service over four years ago.
“What particularly impressed the judges about OnAir was a combination of its widespread coverage in the Middle East and its significant landmarks," said Becky Howells, Commercial and Event Director of HMG Aerospace, the publisher of Inflight. “And being the first to equip the A380 with GSM – on Emirates' fleet – shows that OnAir is constantly developing the market. With eight airline customers in the region, OnAir is clearly the front runner at this time.”
“This is the first time there has been a specific connectivity award and I am thrilled OnAir has been recognised as the best provider,” commented Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “It is a real accolade to everyone at OnAir, our partners and of course to our airline customers.”
Twenty airlines around the world currently provide Internet OnAir, Mobile OnAir or the combined offer, including eight in the Middle East. A further seven airlines will offer OnAir connectivity by the end of the year.
Photo (from left to right): Steve Nichols, Inflight technology editor with Ian Dawkins, OnAir's CEO