The “first 3G connected Airbus A350” has taken flight.
Inflight connectivity provider AeroMobile, which is behind the 3G connectivity for a Singapore Airlines A350, is claiming a world first.
The inaugural long-haul flight took place from Singapore to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
Singapore Airlines customers will be able to use their own mobile devices inflight.
Further A350s entering the airline’s fleet will be fitted with the 3G inflight connectivity service.
Singapore Airlines already offers inflight mobile connectivity on selected A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs.
“Asia is a key area of growth for us and we’re pleased Singapore Airlines continues to see the value of facilitating inflight connectivity for its customers,” said Kevin Rogers, chief executive of AeroMobile.
AeroMobile has roaming agreements with more than 335 network operators globally in more than 145 countries.
Passengers simply turn on their mobile device to connect to the network and are billed directly by their mobile operator in the same way as roaming abroad.