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Qatar Airways Deploys OnAir In-flight Connectivity Solution
OnAir (News - Alert), a company that provides in-flight connectivity, has recently announced that its solution has been deployed in Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This new connectivity feature allows users to send e-mails, text messages, updated social media accounts, tweets, throughout their journey.
OnAir offers in-flight communications solutions. Many VIP aircraft and large ships' passengers depend on the company’s solutions to stay in touch while traveling as it provides these solutions to more than 35 customers across the world. The company also brings commercial and private airlines a broad range of additional added-value services.
According to the company, there were about 100 passengers on the flight from Seattle to Doha. There were more than 50 Internet sessions, which used 1,250MB of data, and the overall usage per session was about 22MB. The mobile phone network was used by about 75 phones.
Along with 340 text messages, about 50MB of mobile data was used. The company said it received positive comments from passengers.
“Qatar’s passengers are used to staying in touch with friends and family using OnAir: access to connectivity is now an integral part of any inflight experience,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “This is the first of Qatar’s B787s and OnAir will be on the entire fleet. These are the most modern aircraft being operated by an airline that prides itself on the highest levels of passenger services. It confirms why OnAir is leading the global inflight connectivity market.”
Recently, the company partnered with Honeywell and Inmarsat, wherein Honeywell became the exclusive wireless airtime reseller for Inmarsat (News - Alert) Global Xpress Ka-band aircraft connectivity services. The agreement also consists of hardware supply for business aviation jet users. Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band is a wireless microwave frequency that offers broadband services through the satellite.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman