Etihad launches in-flight connectivity
Local airline rolls out mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity across parts of fleet
Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways has launched in-flight internet connectivity across a number of its aircraft.
Three Airbus A330-300 and one Airbus A320 are now equipped with passenger connectivity services, with a further connectivity-enabled A320 set to be delivered in March.
Etihad's Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which are used for long-haul destinations such as London and Paris, now let passengers use their own handsets for making and receiving calls, sending and receiving SMS messages and emails, and mobile data services. Wi-Fi connectivity is also now available for passengers.
The A320, used for destinations in the Middle East and mid-haul locations like Istanbul and Bangalore, offer the same mobile facilities, without Wi-Fi connectivity.
"The modern traveller is increasingly reliant on mobile devices and the internet, not only to plan travel, but also to stay in touch throughout their journey," commented Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial office, Etihad.
"The introduction of these connectivity-enabled aircraft is an exciting first step in Etihad Airways' long-term strategy to offer in-flight connectivity solutions across our entire fleet of passenger aircraft."
Charges for in-flight mobile and tablet connectivity start from $10, while laptop Wi-Fi services start from $20. Phone calls are billed according to networks' international roaming rates.