Swiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
Did a search for "AF mobile" and didn't get anything.
Although we'd always assumed that Ryanair would be the first to roll out Airbus' OnAir in-flight calling system, it looks like Air France is going to take the prize -- the airline is now rolling out Mobile On-Air 2.5G cell service on select international flights. Passengers on European-route Airbus A318s can now use their phones to send and receive texts, MMS, and email over the system when the new "no mobiles" light is switched off, and voice calling support will be rolled in the second half of the year-long trial. Phones are used just like on the ground, with a picocell on board the aircraft bouncing signals off a satellite, and billing is handled by customer's regular carrier, with rates "comparable" to regular international calling. All this, of course, while FAA twiddles its thumbs for the "foreseeable future."
Where are AF sending 318's at this time?
Secondly; how would Ryanair (all Boeing) roll out an Airbus system?!
Sevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
I suspect FR will pull out all of the stops to get this going. It was meant to be in place already, but I think it has been pushed back in to the new year, but they have been pushing the 'first for mobiles onboard' thing quite recently.
AFC_Ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
It will be interesting to see how this plays out... I was under the impression it was just installed on one A318 to begin with. I like the idea of no voice-calls just yet, emails and messaging I have no issues with but when people start yapping....!
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Airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 844 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
All I can say is: poor passengers, poor crew. Until now, airplanes were a real haven of quietness compared to any other means of transportation where I find it extremely annoying to be overhearing other peopleÃ‚Â´s conversations. As a matter of fact, as much as I think many people like the idea to be available all the time, this might be a reason for some NOT to travel on Air France in the future.
QantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2088 times:
I have been on the one QF 767-300ER equipped with this type of system. At least it is only text messages/email and not voice. That is tolerable. My BlackBerry did not work on the flight though many other people were able to use theirs.
If they ever allow people to talk on their mobiles, I hope they come out with ultra-noise cancelling headsets!!!