In-flight net access for Qatar Airways passengers

New communications solution allows passengers to also send and receive text messages on their mobile phone

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  April 5, 2009

Passengers on board Qatar Airways’ flights will now be able to access the internet and use their mobile phones to send and receive text messages.

The airline has just signed an agreement with OnAir to install the Mobile OnAir in-flight passenger communications solution on its single-aisle fleet. Mobile OnAir has a strong mobile communications infrastructure that also uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband and high capacity services from Inmarsat’s fourth generation satellites.

While passengers can use laptops to send emails and access the internet when flying, they can only use mobile phones to send and receive text messages, and not for voice calls at present.

"Our commitment is to provide travellers with the very highest levels of comfort and service in the air. The latest technology provided by Mobile OnAir is absolutely in line with Qatar Airways five-star ranking for service and excellence," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways to The Peninsula.

"Introducing Internet, email and SMS services to our single-aisle fleet recognises this demand and is an additional service that I'm sure all airlines will adopt over time," Al Baker added.

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