Libyan Airlines will take delivery of its first A330 in May 2013, equipped with OnAir connectivity. Passengers on long-haul flights to and from Tripoli will reportedly be able to stay in contact with family, friends and colleagues by phone, SMS and email. They will also be able to update social media accounts and use the internet, the airline claims.
Libyan Airlines has opted for full GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity. “Usage of Mobile OnAir has proved popular on our A320s and we are very excited about having the full range of connectivity options on our new A330s from May,” said Fauzi Zaghonni, Airbus Fleet, Head of IFE and Connectivity of Libyan Airlines.
Saudia is expanding its in-flight connectivity programme on routes between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and most of Saudia worldwide destinations. This reportedly comes after Saudia has been providing OnAir’s GSM and Wi-Fi on its A330s for nearly three years.
Saudia’s new A330s, which will be delivered throughout this year and next, will be equipped with Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir. They will join the A330s already flying with OnAir connectivity, bringing the total to 12. The airline’s existing and planned fleet of 20 B777-300ERs will also have OnAir’s GSM and Wi-Fi services fitted, enabled by the Thales TopConnect solution. Both fleets will use Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband, “Our experience has shown very clearly that passengers want to be able to use their phones, tablets and laptops to stay in touch during flights. That alone is a good enough reason to provide connectivity more widely because we value customer satisfaction very highly”, said Tarik Sindi, VP Marketing & Product Management of Saudia.