Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Qantas to offer in-flight two-way SMS in all classes
Posted on 27-Sep-2003 09:54. | Tags Filed under: News.



Qantas is offering its customers a month of free, unlimited use of the new Qantas Short Message Service (SMS) system, launched with the airline's new International Business Class today. The new Qantas system allows customers in all classes to send messages using their in-seat telephone handset, and also to receive replies - a service that is a world-first.

The system by SITA was launched a few weeks earlier.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing, John Borghetti, said the system would be installed progressively on the airline's international 747-400s from this month.

"Inflight customers can send messages of up to 160 characters to any SMS compatible mobile phone or email address. People receiving the messages on the ground can reply to the passenger inflight, using the normal reply facility on either their mobile telephone or e-mail function, with the reply automatically routed back to the originating seat.

"The system utilises aircraft cabin telephony, inflight entertainment and satellite infrastructure to generate messages via satellites to and from ground stations and the relevant telecommunications networks," he said.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas had worked closely over the past two years with Rockwell Collins Passenger Systems, MORS Technologies, and Telecommunications Company SITA, to establish the service and modify the existing on board telephone system.

"This new service uses the most modern technology and gives our customers the best possible access to family, friends and business while flying."

Qantas and SITA are offering the service free of charge to Qantas customers until 31 October. From 1 November, the cost of sending and receiving a message is US$1.90.

"Customers can telephone other passengers on their flight at any time free of charge," Mr Borghetti said.

Goodness. People already chat lots on the plane - but seating next to someone calling the seat on the other side of the aisle will be annoying...


More information: http://www.qantas.com.au...

comments powered by Disqus




Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Who's Liable for The Excess?
Created by networkn, last reply by mdooher on 23-Jan-2017 19:33 (27 replies)
Pages... 2


The President Of The USA: Donald Trump
Created by TimA, last reply by tdgeek on 24-Jan-2017 08:05 (1971 replies)
Pages... 130 131 132


Car data logging.
Created by TimA, last reply by TimA on 23-Jan-2017 15:58 (24 replies)
Pages... 2


2Degress are introducing a credit card fee
Created by reven, last reply by reven on 24-Jan-2017 07:43 (45 replies)
Pages... 2 3


New Ford Mustang or Holden Commodore or alternatives
Created by MikeB4, last reply by driller2000 on 21-Jan-2017 12:39 (63 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Xtra email no longer receives on Outlook 2003 / Outlook 2011 for MAC
Created by lNomNoml, last reply by hio77 on 23-Jan-2017 17:51 (56 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


$1160 for a car battery??!!
Created by jonathan18, last reply by BlinkyBill on 23-Jan-2017 11:16 (66 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Moving a primary domain in Google Suite
Created by freitasm, last reply by jarledb on 23-Jan-2017 23:35 (11 replies)