Emirates offers mobile phone connectivity on A380s

7 Oct 2012

Emirates has begun offering mobile phone reception on its A380 aircraft.

The service, provided by OnAir, allows passengers to make and receive calls and send text messages during flights. Passengers then pay roaming fees to their own mobile phone service providers, with no extra fee charged by the airline.

The service is currently available on two of Emirates' A380s. It will be gradually retrofitted to the remaining 23 in operation, and will be fitted on all of the new A380 aircraft the airline has on order. 

Passengers can check whether the service will be available on their flight here.

The airline also now offers OnAir’s wifi service on the majority of its A380 flights. 

Emirates joins a growing number of airlines that have recently begun offering passengers mobile and wifi connectivity, including Singapore Airlines (see here) and Garuda (see here).

Read a special report on inflight connectivity, detailing what each airline offers, in the October issue of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. 

For more information, visit

Nicholas Olczak 

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