Aer Lingus has launched mobile phone services on its A330 flights between Ireland and US destinations.
Long-haul passengers can now send and receive SMS text messages, and browse the internet through their mobile phone using GSM services provided by Aeromobile.
Earlier this year Aer Lingus launched trials of in-flight wifi services on its A330 aircraft, with business class passengers benefiting from free access, and economy passengers paying €10.95 for one hour, or €19.95 for 24 hour’s access.
On the carrier’s connectivity FAQ page it says that “Wifi is available on all our A330 aircraft for long haul flights”, adding that “It is not yet available on our European flights but it is coming soon”.
Note though that mobile voice calls are not permitted on Aer Lingus flights, nor are voice calls through wifi services such as Skype or Voip.
Last month the carrier's CEO Christoph Mueller revealed that Aer Lingus will install fully-flat seats in business class starting in 2015 (see news September 11).