Posted on: 19 February 2016 by Mark Howells
SWISS has become the latest airline to partner with inflight connectivity provider, AeroMobile, allowing its passengers, in all cabin classes, to use their mobile devices to call, text and browse the internet at 30,000 feet.
The first fully connected flight, a Boeing 777-300ER, entered into service in early February 2016. SWISS will roll-out further B777 aircraft with inflight connectivity in the coming months, travelling to destinations including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
Travellers will have a choice of three data packages. As part of its new inflight connectivity, the airline will also be offering a roaming inflight phoning option for a trial one-year period.
To meet travellers’ differing needs, SWISS will offer a choice of three data packages for its inflight internet option. The 20 MB SWISS Connect data package, costing CHF 9, is intended for those wishing to check their emails or visit a few websites; the 50 MB package at CHF 19 is more for travellers seeking to surf their social networks or use the internet to work; and the 120 MB package at CHF 39 provides even more flexibility and the opportunity to make almost full use (apart from streaming) of the internet’s scope and possibilities.
SWISS will also be providing its First Class customers with a 50 MB SWISS Connect data package free of charge.
In its constant endeavours to meet its customers’ needs, the airline is further considering whether to extend this inflight internet connectivity to the rest of its long-haul fleet, i.e. its Airbus A330s and A340s.SWISS will be closely monitoring this one-year trial phase, and will be carefully assessing any and all feedback from its customers. And, since safety and the inflight comfort of its guests are its top priorities, such roaming phone services will only be available at service times during night flights: as soon as the cabin lighting is switched off, the feature may no longer be used.
“It is a really exciting start to 2016 and we're delighted to be working with SWISS, as we expand our fleet and continue supplying inflight connectivity to passengers around the world,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.