September 2022, Virtual
September 29 2022, Virtual
Now in its 27th year, the Business Travel Awards
NO MOBILE: That is the sign that could replace the outdated ”no smoking" ceiling message on aircraft coming off the production lines. Whilst on-board satellite phones have been available for at least the last decade they have never really caught on due to cost. All this is about to change in Europe (in the US, a single country, on-board phones are nothing new). Air France will be the first airline to try out the satellite-based technology early next year, followed by bmi and TAP. The technology, developed by Airbus and SITA joint venture OnAir, will allow passengers to make in-flight mobile calls and send text messages on short haul flights across Europe at a cost of around $2.50 per minute. Security issues may however require a rethink.