Posted on: 13 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Row 44 has reached an agreement to offer “pay-as-you-go” in-flight Internet browsing service for passengers on commercial airlines worldwide.
The service leverages Row 44’s in-flight broadband platform to deliver Skype Access, a facility that lets Skype users quickly and easily connect to the Internet and pay-as-you-go.For airlines equipped with Row 44’s broadband connectivity system, Skype Access offers another level of broadband service flexibility. Passengers can better control their costs by using Skype Credit to pay for Wi-Fi roaming via Skype Access by the minute.Skype Access product manager, Mr. Shadi Mahassel said, “Whether you’re on the go in a café, airport or on an airplane mid-flight, Skype Access works with leading Wi-Fi providers such as Row 44 to make it easy for you to quickly connect to the Internet for voice and video calls, email, or simply surfing the web.”“Skype’s innovation and leadership are renowned worldwide,” added Mr. Frederick St.Amour, Row 44’s Vice President of Sales. “Row 44 appreciates the opportunity to offer Skype Access to our airline customers, creating a valuable and exciting new service for consumers and business workers on the go.”Row 44’s Chief Commercial Officer, Howard Lefkowitz commented, “Row 44 is excited to work with such an innovative partner as Skype. Giving our airline partners and their customers more flexibility in-flight is another example of Row 44’s commitment to continually improve the user experience and to work only with the most innovative companies in the world.”Row 44 expects to begin discussions with its airline partners during Q1 2011 regarding supplementing its current offering with Skype Access functionality.