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Etihad launches in-flight wifi

18 Jan 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Etihad Airways has unveiled the first of its aircraft to be fitted with mobile phone and wifi internet connectivity.

The carrier has launched three A330-300 aircraft with both wifi and mobile capabilities, along with an A320 (used on short and medium-haul routes) with mobile phone connectivity.

A second A320 fitted with the technology will be delivered in March – on these aircraft passengers will be able to make and receive phone-calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access mobile data services.

Etihad says that “during the launch phase” wifi internet access will be offered from US$20, while mobile phone connectivity will be offered from US$10. Mobile phone calls will be charged according to the user’s international roaming rates.

The carrier’s A330-300 aircraft operate on long-haul routes including London, Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva, Casablanca and Seoul. For a review of this aircraft’s offering on a flight between London and Abu Dhabi last year, click here.

For more information visit etihadairways.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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