Bmi trials in-flight internet

9 Dec 2008 by Mark Caswell

Bmi passengers on
the carrier’s London Heathrow to Moscow route can now use their mobiles and
laptops to check emails and access the internet, following the start of a
six-month trial.

Bmi is piloting
the service (supplied by OnAir) on an Airbus A320 operating between Heathrow
and Moscow. Passengers will be able to send and receive text messages on their
mobile phones and PDAs, as well as access the internet and email accounts on
laptops fitted with GSM data cards.

Unlike a similar
service being rolled out by Emirates (see online news March 20), Bmi will not be
allowing mobile phone calls to be made in-flight. Says Peter Spencer, managing
director of Bmi:

“The trial will help us address some of the
social and etiquette issues regarding the use of mobile communications devices
inflight and provide valuable customer feedback which will be at the heart of
deciding how the service is developed and rolled out across the remainder of
our mid-haul fleet. There are currently no plans to introduce voice calls as
part of this service.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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