10 April 2013 -
Aircraft Interiors, Hamburg, 10 April 2013 – Libyan Airlines will take delivery of its first A330 next month, equipped with OnAir connectivity. Passengers on long-haul flights to and from Tripoli will 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.
Libyan Airlines has opted for full GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity, giving passengers the widest choice available. OnAir is the only provider to offer consistent global coverage because of its unique network of regulatory authorizations from over 90 countries and more than 350 roaming agreements. And it uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, the only satellite network specifically designed for global coverage.
“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. “We are an ambitious airline, we were very keen to provide our passengers with the very best services particularly on our new fleet, which must include inflight connectivity. As we grow our route network by new fleet equipped with OnAir's connectivity, we need to be confident that we will be able to provide the same high level of service everywhere. OnAir is our solution to make these services available on board.”
Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir have been linefitted on four Libyan Airlines’ A330-200 aircraft in time for the May delivery of two A330s, followed by another two next year. The aircraft will fly on long-haul international routes to Asia and Europe.
Connectivity option will be our first priority to enhance passenger service on any of the airline’s new aircraft orders.
“There are three truths about inflight connectivity”, said Ian Dawkins, OnAir CEO. “The first is that any airline, like Libyan Airlines, wanting to attract and keep customers must provide connectivity. The second is the connectivity has to be consistent all over the world. Finally, passengers want to use their phones, tablets and laptops in the same way they do on the ground, so they must have access to both a mobile phone network and Wi-Fi.”