Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has introduced a new service allowing passengers to use their mobile phones during flights.
In a statement, the airline said that BlackBerry and other mobile devices can now be switched on during a flight to make voice calls as well as to send and receive emails and text messages. Passengers can now safely use their mobile phones without affecting aircraft systems and ground telecommunication networks.
MAS has teamed up with British company AeroMobile to set up the inflight mobile phone service. AeroMobile is also working with Emirates Airline, which in March this year, became the first commercial airline to allow passengers to make mobile phone calls while in the air.
The new service is available on one selected Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which flies on different dates to selected European, Australian and Asian destinations including China and Japan. Passengers will be billed based on international roaming charges by their mobile service provider.
“This is one of our inflight service comforts that we are introducing on a trial basis for our customers,” said MAS chief executive Idris Jala said, adding that “with this facility, we definitely have a competitive edge and firmly believe that both our business and leisure passengers will very much welcome this new service”.
If the service proves to be successful, it will be installed on all MAS wide-bodied aircraft by next year.