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Air France Will Test In-Flight Cell Phone Use
Air France Will Test In-Flight Cell Phone Use
April 04, 2006


OnAir announced Tuesday that Air France will receive an Airbus plane fitted with GSM gear early next year to enable the use of cell phones during flight.

An Airbus A318 single-aisle plane fitted with the service will be used to conduct a six-month commercial test of the European-developed GSM mobile phone standard. OnAir, an airbus-SITA partnership, said the trial will be conducted on short-haul flights in Europe and to and from North African destinations. SITA provides flight-focused applications in communications and IT infrastructure.

"We expect this to be the first of many line-and retrofit aircraft, enabling airlines to respond to growing passenger demand to communicate onboard," said Ruediger Fuchs, an Airbus executive and OnAir board member, in a statement.

OnAir said it seeks to provide passenger voice and data communications services for passengers traveling on Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Connexion by Boeing, an in-flight service offered by Boeing, is available on many international flights, although the service is still banned in the U.S.