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Air France Launches In Flight Mobile  
User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4027 times:


Did a search for "AF mobile" and didn't get anything.

From Engadget:


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?!

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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4022 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.

User currently offlineAFC_Ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3921 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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User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 952 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3907 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 people´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.

User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Thread starter):
Where are AF sending 318's at this time?

All across the european network. Eg, MAN, LHR, STR and also SVO and various other destinations.

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7494 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3749 times:

The test period started last Dec. 18th on a CDG-WAW flight.
The aircraft equipped with the system is the A318 F-GUGR.

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The system is activated when the plane reaches 10000ft, and de-activated during the descent when the plane is passing under 10000 ft.

A maximum of 6 calls/connections can be made at the same time.

At any moment of the flight the Crew can turn the system off.

User currently offlineQantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3634 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!!!

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9645 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Quoting QantasHeavy (Reply 6):
At least it is only text messages/email and not voice. That is tolerable.

That would depend on whether or not the users learn how to use the silent/vibrate ring mode.  Sad

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