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AMR Ditches Inflight Phones  
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13754 posts, RR: 17
Posted (14 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

Washington Post Extract:

American Airlines Says 'Buh-Bye' To Phones

As of March 31, the world's largest airline will no longer have the AT&T Wireless phones on 654 of its planes used on domestic flights. Only its Boeing 777s and 767-300s, which are used mainly for international flights, will keep the service.

The phones have been on American's planes since 1996, but the airline found that fewer than three calls a day per plane were being made. To avoid the $2.99 connection fee and a charge of $7.60 a minute plus tax, many passengers prefer to use their personal cell phones, which is permitted in airports and on planes before their doors close.

American spokesman Todd Burke said removing the phones will eliminate maintenance costs and reduce the weight of the planes, which will lower fuel costs.

Mark Siegel of AT&T Wireless said the company was leaving the in-flight phone business. With more people using cell phones, aviation no longer fits into AT&T's long-term business, he said.

Bobbi Henson, spokeswoman for Verizon Communications, parent of AT&T's biggest competitor, Verizon Airfone, said the company hopes to boost business by expanding beyond voice-only service and providing high-speed Internet access. Verizon is testing a high-speed service with United Airlines and Airbus.

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User currently offline777-200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1024 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Its Already been talked about http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/730759/

Another Day, Another Dollar.... Young Jeezy
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13754 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Second time in a week for me. Not good  Sad

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineFly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

hmm, it seems to me that domestic service on american carriers is going to be worse than the service of a macdonald or a 7-eleven! de-regulation isnt a good thing

User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1880 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

All I ever used in-flight phones for was to prank call people collect.

Ich haben zwei Platzspielen und ein Microphone
User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

Fly_emirates- what do the phones have to do with service? I bet 99% of the people flying don't use the phones.. so 99% wont be bothered... and thr 1% who do, are people (like me when I as like 7.. I'll admit it) who have wanted the thrill of calling from the plane on one.. but it isnt a big deal if they are taken out.

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